PainSA is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Our mission is to improve all aspects of pain management in Southern Africa.

IASP’s Pain Community: February 2022


Preparations for the 2022 World Congress on Painare in full swing at IASP. We are particularly excited to announce that registration and housing for the 2022 World Congress is now open. If you are interested in attending the World Congress, we encourage you to register soon and take advantage of an early bird discount.

Poster abstract submissions for World Congress are now open. Previous World Congresses have featured more than 2,200 poster abstracts, and with new virtual presentation options for this World Congress, we anticipate an increase in poster presentations. If you are interested in sharing your research with more than 7,000 multidisciplinary delegates from around the world, visit our Poster Abstracts page to submit.

For individuals who would like to attend the 2022 World Congress but may have limited resources, financial aid will be opening soon. IASP offers financial aid to assist those wanting to participate in the world’s largest global gathering of pain professionals. Candidates applying for financial aid should submit their poster abstract before submitting their financial aid application.

Despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, IASP still expects that World Congress will bring together, in-person and online, more than 7,000 of the world’s researchers, scientists, and clinicians devoted to scientific excellence. The 2022 World Congress on Pain will offer attendees engaging refresher courses, interactive exhibitions, hands on workshops, and cadaver labs to enhance professional skills and engage in the latest pain research. I am thrilled with how the 2022 World Congress is coming together and excited by the many surprises yet to come. Join the World Congress Facebook group for more insight into everything World Congress, and I will see you all in Toronto.


Claudia Sommer, MD

Aidan Cashin is the 2022 Ronald Dubner Research Prize Recipient
Dr. Aidan Cashin is recognized for his research focusing on investigating the mechanisms of healthcare intervention for optimization and translation into clinical practice and health policy.
Dr. Cashin will present his research at the 2022 IASP World Congress on Pain in Toronto, 19 – 23 September.

Elizabeth Onuwa Ogboli Nwasor and Merab Tsagareli are the 2022 Award for Excellence in Pain Management and Research in Developing Countries Recipients

This award recognizes an individual or a team that has achieved an outstanding level of excellence in pain-related programs in a developing country.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Nwasor is recognized for her work in obstetric anesthesia, pain management, palliative care, pain education, and patient safety.
  • Dr. Merab Tsagareli is recognized for his work on the study of transient receptor potential channels in pain and itch and the role of opioid and cannabinoid systems in analgesic and tolerance effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Apply for an IASP Early Career Research Grant
IASP is accepting applications for Early Career Research Grants. These grants help facilitate the development of researchers starting their careers as independent investigators. Selected grantees will receive awards of $20,000 to complete their projects lasting one year.
Application Deadline: 1 March 

Apply for an IASP Developing Countries Project Grant for Improving Pain Education
IASP is accepting applications for Developing Countries Project Grants for Improving Pain Education. These grants help support improving pain education and practice in developing countries. Selected grantees will receive grants up to $10,000 for projects lasting one year.
Application Deadline: 8 April

Register for the 2022 World Congress on Pain
Registration and housing are now open to attend the World Congress in-person, in Toronto. This World Congress will bring together more than 7,000 scientists, clinicians, and healthcare providers in person and online. IASP members receive a discount of up to $496 on their registration fee.

Submit Your Poster Abstract for the 2022 World Congress on Pain
Poster abstracts for World Congress are now open. Visit the World Congress website to find out more about the submission process, guidelines, and a selection of poster abstract topics. World Congress is a learning hub and the ideal meeting to present your research, in person or online.

IASP Member Spotlight 
Candice E. Paulsen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Paulsen joined IASP in 2017 after learning about an IASP Early Career Research Grant in The Scientist. Learn more about Dr. Candice Paulsen’s work.

Become an IASP member 
IASP is an international organization comprising members from more than 100 countries, working together for pain relief throughout the world.
  • Access to innovative research via Pain Research Forum
  • On-demand education for pain professionals through the Pain Education Resource Center
  • Access to the PAIN journal, ranked 4th in Anesthesiology in 2020 with an Impact Factor of 6.961
  • Connection to a global community of pain professionals through:
    •  25 Special Interest Groups
    •  96 National Chapters worldwide
    •  4 Global Federations