International Association for the Study of Pain

Coordinates: 38°54′0.1″N 77°02′3.4″W / 38.900028°N 77.034278°W / 38.900028; -77.034278
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International Association for the Study of Pain
TypeNongovernmental organization
PurposeScientific research and clinical translation
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38°54′0.1″N 77°02′3.4″W / 38.900028°N 77.034278°W / 38.900028; -77.034278
Region served
Official language
Claudia Sommer

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, D.C.[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]

Years Theme
2004–2005 Right to Pain Relief
2005–2006 Pain in Children
2006–2007 Pain in Older Persons
2007–2008 Pain in Women
2008–2009 Cancer Pain
2009–2010 Musculoskeletal Pain
2010–2011 Acute Pain
2011–2012 Headache
2012–2013 Visceral Pain
2013–2014 Orofacial Pain
2014–2015 Neuropathic Pain
2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints
2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery
2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education
2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable
2020 Global Year to the Prevention of Pain
2021 Global Year Against Back Pain
2022 Global Year for Translating Knowledge into Practice

World Congress on Pain[edit]

The World Congress on Pain is the largest global gathering of pain professionals. This event brings together more than 7,000 scientists, clinicians, and healthcare providers from around the world and across pain disciplines..[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". Archived from the original on 2017-08-05. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  3. ^ PAIN Reports[permanent dead link]
  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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