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Working Group Addresses Classification of Chronic Pain at EFIC
Group introduces a novel category that allows coding for chronic pain syndromes that cause distress and/or disability but cannot be better classified with any other diagnoses.

William D. Willis, Jr., Honorary Member and Former Councilor, Has Died
The pain field has lost a giant, and colleagues around the world mourn the passing of a friend, a gentleman, and a scholar.

Applications for PAIN Reports Editor-in-Chief Due October 31
Open-access journal to launch in July 2016.

Congress Registration Opens in Mid-November!

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  > SIG and Chapters Corner

IASP President Treede Visits Chapters in Ireland, Brazil, Chile, and Germany

As part of an effort to reach out to IASP chapters worldwide, President Rolf-Detlef Treede recently met with chapter executives and members and attended conferences devoted to pain research and management

>> Irish Pain Society Launches Network to Facilitate Collaboration in Pain Research
>> In Chile and Brazil, Scientific Meetings With Specialists from Multiple Disciplines
>> German Pain Society Forum Addresses Pain in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Five Questions for Bert Messelink, Chair of the SIG on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

A new book and a recent Congress are major accomplishments. Promising research and new guidelines are in the offing.

  > PAIN®
  > Global Year Against Pain

Special Discounts on IASP eBooks on Neuropathic Pain
Central Neuropathic Pain Was $52, now $40 during the Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain

"A Neuropathic Pain Compendium"
Nine chapters from seven IASP books on various aspects of neuropathic pain -- a $72 value, now $40 during the Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain.

The Global Year Against Pain in the Joints Begins in January 2016
Watch this space and visit our website in the coming months for information to help you plan activities for 2016.

  > Grants and Fellowships

REMINDER: Nominations for Congress Awards Due October 15​​​
​​​Four awards are available to attend the World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan.

President's Message

The past month was quite busy with the finalization of the scientific program for the 16th World Congress on Pain in Yokohama under the leadership of Claudia Sommer and my visits to IASP chapters in Germany, Ireland, Brazil, and Chile. 

You can look forward to excellent plenary lectures and workshops that cover the entire range of IASP members’ interests; I am grateful for the many proposals we received. IASP Special Interest Groups and joint sessions with other scientific societies will add a special flavor to the Yokohama meeting. IASP members should now get ready for the abstract submission deadline in January that coincides with the deadline for applications for travel support. 

At the 2nd National Pain Forum on September 17 in Berlin, Michael Schäfer and the German Pain Society convened representatives of member societies of the German Medical Association, ranging from surgery to psychiatry, as well as patient advocacy and health insurance groups. Several political leaders discussed ways to improve the implementation of pain medicine in Germany.

This was an excellent forum, similar to the International Pain Summit in Montreal 2010 and to the Societal Impact of Pain events held by EFIC in Brussels, but much closer to leading to real actions. Topics included acute pain services and pain as a quality indicator for hospitals, outpatient pain services and the inclusion of general practitioners, as well as issues of education and residency programs. 

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