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.

Pain E-Monthly: Report from the World Congress


Watch Presentations to the General Assembly of IASP Members at the World Congress on Pain

Rolf-Detlef Treede outlined IASP’s accomplishments over the two years of his IASP presidency

Judith Turner, IASP’s incoming president, discussed the organization’s strategic priorities

> Nine Recognized as Honorary Members at World Congress Ceremony

Did You Attend the World Congress? We want to hear from you. Your feedback is important, so please complete this survey. Respondents will be entered into a drawing for free registration to the next World Congress in Boston in 2018.

Pain Refresher Courses Collection Available in IASP eBooks

Missed attending the World Congress? Then you missed hearing the newest information on a broad arrary of pain-related topics from the world’s top experts. Visit IASP eBooks to purchase Pain 2016: Refresher Courses from the 16th World Congress on Pain. Or you can buy the individual chapters that most interest you.

Watch for announcements of the availability of the printed book and video modules.

Persistent Pain in Cancer Survivors Is Topic of New Pain: Clinical Updates

This edition considers the more common causes of persistent pain in cancer survivors, gives an overview of our current understanding of the pathophysiology, outlines the clinical features, and summarizes available treatment options.


Notable articles in the October edition of PAIN

pain-oct16-cover>> The epidemiology of chronic pain 

>> Adolescent context of exposure to prescription opioids and substance use disorder symptoms at age 35: a national longitudinal study 

>> Expose or protect? A randomised controlled trial of exposure in vivo vs pain-contingent treatment as usual in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type 1 

>> Cross-centre replication of suppressed burrowing behaviour as an ethologically relevant pain outcome measure in the rat: a prospective multicentre study 

PAIN/Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Article Exchange: Rates of Prescription Opiate Use Before and After Injury in Patients with Orthopaedic Trauma and the Risk Factors for Prolonged Opiate Use

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New in PAIN Reports


>> A novel lozenge containing bupivacaine as topical alleviation of oral mucositis pain in patients with head and neck cancer: a pilot study

>> Multivariate classification of pain-evoked brain activity in temporomandibular disorder

>> Identification of an epidermal keratinocyte AMPA glutamate receptor involved in dermatopathies associated with sensory abnormalities

>> Disentangling opposing effects of motivational states on pain perception

Find out how you can obtain a fee-waiver for a high-quality submission to PAIN Reports before the end of 2016. 

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Global Year Against Pain

2016-global-year-of-painTo complement the Global Year, a new book from IASP Press, Pain in the Joints provides a comprehensive overview of joint jointpainbookcoverpain, including its assessment, mechanisms, and treatment options. 

21 Fact Sheets Available in 16 Languages. Fact Sheets in Japanese are now available. Is your language missing from this list? Please let us know if you would like to translate the Fact Sheets.

10 countries around the world are holding Global Year events. Tell us about yours.

SIG and Chapters Corner

6th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain
Submit abstracts and view preliminary program content for the SIG’s meeting June 15-18, 2017, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Is Your Chapter Interested in Receiving Free Books and Journals?
Longtime IASP members have contacted the office to let us know that they are willing to send books and pain journals they have collected over the years to IASP chapters, especially those from developing countries. Please let us know if your chapter is interested in receiving donations of these materials, which certainly can help advance the training of pain specialists. 

Likewise, IASP members interested in making such donations should contact us as well.