Green Light for Field Testing of ICD-11 Chronic Pain Codes
The work of the IASP Task Force for the Classification of Chronic Pain has reached an important milestone. During the next few months, the WHO will run a field trial of all ICD-11 codes, and IASP is an essential part of this. You can take part in the testing.
Announcing the PAIN Reports Journal Club
The PAIN Reports Journal Club encourages trainees in pain research to comment on a recently published article to enhance readers’ understanding by evaluating it critically, placing it in context, and suggesting further lines of inquiry.
Lisa Carlesso, Université de Montréal (Canada) Pain Phenotyping of People with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Latent Profile Analysis with relationships to function, physical performance and healthcare utilization
Jennifer Deuis, University of Queensland (Australia) Developing novel treatment approaches for the rare genetic disease inherited erythromelalgia
Cornelius Groenewald, Seattle Children's Hospital and University of Washington (United States) Phenotype and genotype correlates underlying the temporal relationship between adolescent chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse in adulthood
Maria Maiaru, University College London (United Kingdom) Could FKBP51 control chronic pain via modulation of the autophagic pathways?
Marc Martel, McGill University (Canada) Biological and psychological determinants of opioid craving among chronic pain patients prescribed opioid therapy
Massieh Moayedi, University of Toronto (Canada) A neurocomputational investigation of pain-cognition interactions
SIG and Chapters Corner
SIG on Ethical and Legal Issues in Pain
The SIG on Clinical-Legal Issues in Pain is now the SIG on Ethical and Legal Issues in Pain (ELIP). The SIG's leadership hopes the change will broaden the SIG's appeal and provide a forum to discuss ethical as well as legal issues in pain. The SIG is planning sessions at the 2018 World Congress that explore the use of functional imaging as a pain detector in the medico-legal environment and ethical issues related to the use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain.
European Pain Federation--EFIC Registration is now open for the 10th Congress of the European Pain Federation, September 6-9, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
One of the great joys of being IASP president, indeed of being an IASP member, is connecting with pain clinicians and scientists from around the world. At the recent 37th annual scientific meeting of the Australian Pain Society (APS), held in beautiful Adelaide, I enjoyed meeting many Australian IASP members and learning more about pain treatment and education in that country.
The Scientific Program Committee, led by Councilor Michele Sterling, created an exceptional program, which included plenary lectures by international and Australian speakers and topical workshops on a broad array of topics.
I was honored to give a lecture in recognition of Sir Sydney Sunderland, an Australian neurologist and anatomist who made major contributions to the field of neuropathic pain and to the founding of IASP. Sir Sunderland was a vice president of IASP and served on the first IASP Council, elected in 1975. A photo of him sitting next to former IASP President John Loeser at the first IASP Council meeting in 1976 can be found on page 14 of Louisa Jones’s book,First Steps. I encourage those of you who haven’t already done so to read this interesting history of the early years of IASP. It can be downloaded from free from the IASP website.
At a “Meet the Speakers” breakfast session and during breaks throughout the meeting, I enjoyed talking with many delegates. These individuals ranged widely in disciplines and pain interests but had in common a passion for expanding their knowledge about pain and taking new knowledge back to their research and clinical settings.
Given our upcoming 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education, I was pleased to observe in these conversations, as well as in the content of many lectures, a keen interest in improving education about pain at all levels, including health-care providers, patients, and the public. Indeed, one group of particularly dedicated delegates spent the week preceding the meeting riding bicycles 970km from Melbourne to Adelaide in an effort to reach out to the public and health-care providers to improve pain education and treatment in rural communities!
Judith A. Turner, PhD
Pain Research Forum Webinar, April 26
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