International Association for the Study of Pain

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International Association for the Study of Pain
TypeNongovernmental organization
PurposeScientific research and clinical translation
HeadquartersWashington, DC, USA
CoordinatesCoordinates: Maps 38°54′01″N 77°02′04″W / 38.900385°N 77.034312°W / 38.900385; -77.034312
Region served
Official language
Lars Arendt-Nielsen

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is an international learned society promoting research, education, and policies for the understanding, prevention, and treatment of pain.[1] IASP was founded in 1973 under the leadership of John J. Bonica.[2] Its secretariat, formerly based in Seattle, Washington is now located in Washington, DC.[1] It publishes the scientific journal PAIN, PAIN Reports and PAIN: Clinical Updates.[3][4][5] IASP currently has more than 7,200 members from 133 countries and in 94 chapters worldwide.[6] IASP supports 20 Special Interest Groups (SIGs)[7] which members may join to network and collaborate with others in their specific field of research or practice.

Global Year Against Pain[edit]

In 2004, supported by various IASP chapters and federations holding their own local events and activities worldwide, IASP initiated its first "Global Year Against Pain" with the motto "The Relief of Pain Should be a Human Right".[8][9] Every year, the focus is on another aspect of pain.[8]

  • 2021 Global Year Against Back Pain
  • 2020 Global Year to the Prevention of Pain
  • 2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable
  • 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education
  • 2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery
  • 2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints
  • 2014–2015 Neuropathic Pain
  • 2013–2014 Orofacial Pain
  • 2012–2013 Visceral Pain
  • 2011–2012 Headache
  • 2010–2011 Acute Pain
  • 2009–2010 Musculoskeletal Pain
  • 2008–2009 Cancer Pain
  • 2007–2008 Pain in Women
  • 2006–2007 Pain in Older Persons
  • 2005–2006 Pain in Children
  • 2004–2005 Right to Pain Relief

World Congress on Pain[edit]

The IASP hosts the biennial World Congress on Pain, the world’s largest pain-related gathering.[10] The program comprises plenary sessions, workshops, poster sessions, and refresher courses, and attendees may receive continuing medical education credits.[10]

Special interest groups[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)".
  2. ^ Bonica, John J. "Founder of IASP".
  3. ^ PAIN Reports
  4. ^ PAIN Journal
  5. ^ PAIN: Clinical Updates
  6. ^ "About IASP".
  7. ^ "Special Interest Groups (SIGs)".
  8. ^ a b Global Year Against Pain
  9. ^ 1st Global Year Against Pain
  10. ^ a b "Upcoming Meetings".

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