International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) PAIN: E-Monthly

June 2019

 IASP President Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD

Message from the IASP President

In previous versions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) chronic pain diagnoses were not represented systematically.

On 25 May 2019, the World Health Organization approved the new version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) which included chronic pain for the first time. IASP is proud to say that this new classification was based on a strategic decision and work over the last six years by an IASP Task Force, chaired by Rolf-Detlef Treede and co-chaired by Winfried Rief. As a result of the Task Force’s impressive efforts the ICD will not only include diagnostic codes for chronic pain but also codes for the most common and clinically relevant groups of chronic pain conditions, and provide direct links to electronic health records.

I appreciate the leadership of the IASP Task Force for its tireless work on this project generating evidenced-based recommendations in strong collaboration with IASP Special Interest Groups and national chapters globally.

The ICD-11, which will take effect in January 2022, will improve patient care by facilitating multimodal pain treatment and by boosting efforts to measure the quality and effectiveness of care and new research on the prevalence and impact of chronic pain.

This is a major milestone for IASP and we should all be very proud of what our organization has achieved.

Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD
IASP President

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IASP has named Amanda Stone, PhD, a research assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (USA), as the third recipient of a 2019 IASP Early Career Research Grant
The US$15,000 grant will underwrite Stone’s research, “The influence of childhood chronic pain history on parenting and pain-related risk in offspring: A longitudinal cohort study.” The latest award brings 2019 funding of early-career pain researchers to US$55,000. Only members qualify for more than US$600,000 in IASP grants, fellowships, awards, and financial aid for pain camps and schools, and the IASP World Congress on Pain. 

2019 NeupSIG Supplement Free Until June 30th!
In case you missed it, check out the 2019 NeuPSIG supplement, which includes a series of reviews written by plenary lecture speakers who presented at the 7th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain in London last month. All articles will be free through June 30!

Cannabis and Pain: Systematic Review of Animal Studies
Become a citizen scientist as part of an IASP Presidential Task Force for a ‘Systematic review and meta-analysis of studies in which cannabinoids were tested for antinociceptive effects in animal models of pathological pain’. Join this great opportunity to develop your professional skills and advance your career as a researcher. Learn more and sign-up today!


Pain Education Resource Center (PERC)

As an IASP Member, you have exclusive access to this world-class science anytime, anywhere. This continually growing library of on-demand educational resources includes IASP World Congress recordings, webinars, and more – exclusively for IASP members! 

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World Congress on Pain

IASP 2020 World Congress on Pain
4-8 August 2020  |  Amsterdam


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2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

Global Year Against Pain Fact Sheets Now Available in Eight Languages
Thanks to IASP Members from around the globe, IASP has translated Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable fact sheets into eight different languages. You can find these fact sheets and more information on our Global Year initiative at


IASP 2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

IASP has committed its 2019 Global Year Against Pain to the theme of Pain in the Most Vulnerable. Its scope focuses on four patient groups identified as particularly high risk for inadequate assessment and management: pain in children, older adults, survivors of torture and war, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Join IASP in the fight against pain the most vulnerable! Get involved by accessing and sharing FREE resources such as a fact sheet series, webinars, collections of PAIN and Pain Reports articles, and vetted solutions that address the common communication barriers between these patients and health care providers. READ MORE

View FREE Global Year Webinar Recording: Pain in Childhood

IASP Journals

Editor's Choice article from the June issue of PAIN


The serum protease network—one key to understand complex regional pain syndrome pathophysiology


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IASP Pain Research Forum & RELIEF News

Pain Research Forum (PRF)


Kappa Opioid System in Nucleus Accumbens Drives Pain-Induced Negative Affect
Rodent study reveals that disinhibition of dynorphin-containing neurons explains reduced motivation seen during inflammatory pain.


A Search for Blood Biomarkers of Pain
A recent study identifies a number of blood gene expression biomarkers that predict pain in psychiatric patients; findings also point to new treatment avenues.

IASP Pain Research Forum Webinar: Does Cutaneous Pathology Play a Role in Neuropathic Pain?
Registration is now open for a June 17 webinar to be presented by Margarita Calvo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.

Pain 101 Podcast – Previously a Pain Researcher, Now a Meta-Scientist: A Podcast With Jeffrey Mogil
Jeff Mogil discusses how he came to study sex differences in pain, why those differences matter, and why he now considers himself more as a “meta-scientist” rather than as a pain researcher. 

Pain 101 Podcast – The Latest Thinking on Placebo: A Podcast With Tor Wager
Tor Wager discusses all things placebo, including what brain imaging has revealed about placebo analgesia, the role of prior experience and expectations in the placebo response, and much more.

History, Religion, Euthanasia and Pain―Exploring Palliative Care in the Asia-Pacific Region: A Conversation With Cynthia Goh
World Congress on Pain plenary speaker Cynthia Goh discusses her work in palliative care in the Asia-Pacific region, how the Opium Wars and religious beliefs have shaped views of opioids in this area of the world, and much more. 

The 7th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain (NeuPSIG 2019) PRF Correspondents Blog
The PRF Correspondents blogged live from NeuPSIG 2019! Take a look at the blog to hear their thoughts on plenary sessions, posters, and much more.

Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP): Bridging the Gap Between Pediatric Pain Research and Care
Learn more about SKIP, a new initiative to help children living with painful medical conditions as well as knowledge users including parents, healthcare providers, and others. 

IASP Pain Research Forum Webinar: An Introduction to Pain Neuroimaging in Humans
A recording of the May 15 webinar is now available.


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RELIEF News Pain Research News, Insights, and Ideas 

Exercise Can Make Pain Better
Researchers are learning more about how physical activity affects physiological systems to improve pain, in rodents and in people. 

Pain Biomarkers: What Are They, Why Do They Matter, and How Can Patients Benefit from Them?
Pain research leaders convene to discuss the promise of objective measures of pain in people. 

How the Brain Distinguishes Different Types of Touch
A new study in healthy volunteers shows significant differences in how the brain processes self-touch versus the touch of another person.

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Upcoming Events
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ISPP 2019: 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain
16-20 June 2019, Basel, Switzerland
Hosted by the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood. LEARN MORE>>>>

Acute Pain Pre-EFIC Event: Pain After Surgery in Vulnerable Patients
3 September 2019, Valencia, Spain
Hosted by the IASP Special Interest Group on Acute Pain. LEARN MORE>>>>

EFIC 2019 | 11th World Congress of the European Pain Federation

4-7 September 2019 | Valencia, Spain
The congress of the European Pain Federation gives access to leading lecturers and a scientific program consisting of the latest evidence-based and best-practice-based medicine in all relevant disciplines in the field of pain management. REGISTER NOW>>>


Annual Scientific Meeting on Pelvic Pain
17-20 October 2019, Toronto, Canada 
The IPPS Annual Meeting provides practitioners and researchers with an expanded and topical understanding of the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and research of disorders associated with chronic pelvic pain. LEARN MORE>>>


New Zealand Pain Society Conference 2020

19-21 March 2020 | Bay of Island, Northland, New Zealand

The 2020 Conference provides the opportunity to gather, discuss, learn, and share knowledge, evidence, best practices, and debate to assist with providing up to date approaches to this challenging area of health care. Part of the focus of “Making the Connection” will be looking at and sharing ways to deliver services to Tangata Whenua and also to people outside of main centres in areas where Specialists are not available and where access can be a challenge. International speakers will bring their expertise along with a wide range of New Zealand based clinicians and researchers.  LEARN MORE>>>>



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