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.
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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