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: January 2022

Happy New Year!
As 2022 begins, IASP is excited to bring you a new year of in-person and virtual learning experiences delving into the latest innovations in pain research, community networking, and leadership opportunities.
Most notably, 2022 will see the 19th IASP World Congress on Pain online everywhere and in-person in Toronto, 19-23 September. Many of you have been anxiously awaiting this Congress, and in the next few weeks, we will be releasing details for
registration, financial aid, and poster abstract submissions. For more information on the coming World Congress, visit the World Congress website and be sure to join the dedicated World Congress Facebook Group.
Next Wednesday, IASP will launch the 2022 Global Year advocacy campaign for Translating Pain Knowledge to Practice, co-chaired by Heike Rittner and Sulayman Dib-Haji. Each Global Year features webinars, fact sheets, and translated materials to share the current translation of pain knowledge to health professionals, those living with pain, and the public.

IASP is also pleased to continue providing grants and fellowships in 2022, starting with the IASP Early Career Research Grants opening on 25 January. This grant is available internationally, consists of multiple awards of $20,000 for projects lasting one year, and is open to any discipline. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to expand your research as an independent investor. Stay informed on additional grants and fellowships opening in 2022 on the grants and awards page on the IASP website.

We value your continued support and participation in IASP programs and events, and we hope you are looking forward to the 2022 World Congress on Pain as much as we are. Together, IASP and our community can make significant strides in fulfilling our mission in 2022: working together for pain relief throughout the world.


IASP Seeks PAIN Editor-in-Chief for 2023 – 2027
The term of the current Editor-in-Chief of PAIN, Francis J. Keefe, PhD, will end on December 31, 2022. IASP, through its PAIN Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, is recruiting a new Editor-in-Chief and has issued a call for applications. To learn more, please visit the PAIN journal site.
Nominations for the IASP Early Career Research Grants Open 25 January
IASP provides grants and fellowship oppurtunities to support member pain research and education. Over the next few months, IASP will be attaching nominations for the following grants and fellowship oppurtunities.
The nomination schedule is:
25 January – 25 March:

1 February – 8 April:

15 February – 15 April:

15 March – 19 May:

Early Career Research Grants

Developing Countries Grants for Improving Pain Education

Collaborative Research Grants

John J Bonica Trainee Fellowship

Prepare your materials today and visit the IASP website for more information about each grant and fellowship.


COVID-19 in Arabic Translation
The Arabic translation of “Long Hauler COVID-19 Pain Morbidities and Their Management” is now available. This translation is provided by global experts that utilized artificial intelligence to discuss how pain in acute and early convalescent COVID-19 should be managed and the current knowledge of pain management that can be applied to the treatment of COVID-19. Sign-up to receive the COVID-19 in Arabic translation.

Available Translations
•    English sessions
•    Spanish sessions
•    Arabic sessions
Upcoming Translations
•    27 January: French sessions

Assistant Professor Kai Karos
Kai Karos, PhD, is an assistant professor at Open University, Heerlen, Netherlands. In 2012 Professor Karos became an IASP member when he attended his first World Congress of Pain in Yokohama, Japan. Dr. Karo has remained a member because he enjoys online access to educational and topical workshops, and attending IASP events. Learn more about Dr. Karo’s work in his IASP interview. 
Become an IASP Member 
IASP is an international organization comprising members from more than 100 countries, working together for pain relief throughout the world.
Members receive: 

  • Access to innovative research via Pain Research Forum
  • On-demand education for pain professionals through 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:
o    25 Special Interest Groups
o    96 National Chapters worldwide
o    4 Global Federations
January 2022 issue of PAIN available now!
The January 2022 issue of PAIN is now available. This issue includes four Editor’s Choice articles, seven Global Year 2022 articles, and a perspective about the role of population-based cohorts in advancing our understanding of musculoskeletal pain.
Editor’s Choice Spotlight
Efficacy and Safety of Pharmacological, Physical, and Psychological Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain in Children: a WHO Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Chronic pain in childhood is an international public health problem. This article details a systematic review and meta-analysis to provide a summary of the published evidence of pharmacological, physical, and psychological therapies for children with chronic pain conditions.

Effects of Combined Chemotherapy and Anti-Programmed Cell Death Protein 1 Treatment on Peripheral Neuropathy and Neuroinflammation in Mice.

This study shows that C57BL/6 mice treated with the chemotherapeutic drug paclitaxel or cotherapy (paclitaxel and anti–PD-1), but not with anti–PD-1 alone, exhibited increased mechanical sensitivity of the hind paw.

Papers of the Week
Each week, Pain Research Forum (PRF) editors curate their weekly selection of papers from the basic science, translational and clinical pain research literature, and highlight a few papers of particular interest. These Editors’ picks are located on the PRF website.

Two Editors’ Picks from this past month of great value to the PRF and IASP communities are:

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