The IASP Council held a highly productive meeting last month to review the progress of our many hard-working committees, working groups, and task forces and to plan for the upcoming year. I was truly impressed with the dedication, commitment, and expertise of our many volunteers, as well as with how much IASP does to advance our mission.
Once again, the Council approved an array of grant and award programs, earmarking hundreds of thousands of dollars to support pain research, early career researchers, education, and clinical training in developing countries.
I am particularly excited about our growing program of pain camps and pain schools. In addition to the highly successful European Pain School and recently launched North American Pain School, we have been busy planning for the first IASP-Indian Society for the Study of Pain Evidence-based Pain Management Program next month in conjunction with the Indian Society for the Study of Pain.
We’re also really looking forward to the IASP Pain Management Camp in Myanmar in February, supported by IASP and co-organized by the Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies and the Myanmar Society for the Study of Pain. It is highly gratifying to see how many early-career individuals from all over the world are eager to learn more about pain and return home with increased enthusiasm about pursuing a research or clinical career related to pain.
We are also excited about the next phase of our work involving revision of the pain codes in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). We are asking our chapter presidents and others to participate in an online study to field test the diagnostic codes for patients with chronic pain. The study involves online training in the ICD-11 classification, followed by 30 vignettes participants will be asked to classify. You can sign up to help out here.
Last, but certainly not least, 2017 will see us place greater emphasis on supporting our SIGs. Our efforts will include more frequent communications to all members about SIG activities as well as practical initiatives that will help the SIGs extend their capabilities to serve and expand their memberships.
In closing, I would like to wish all members the very best for 2017. The year ahead promises to be an exciting one as we continue to increase our value for members and broaden our reach around the globe.
Judith Turner, PhD