IASP President Treede Visits Chapters in Brazil and Chile

Oct 8, 2015

As part of IASP’s effort to reach out to its chapters worldwide, IASP President Rolf-Detlef Treede recently traveled to Brazil and Chile, met with chapter executives and members, and attended conferences devoted to pain research and management.

The Chilean Association for the Study of Pain (ACHED) and Clínica Las Condes (CLC) organized a mini-symposium on October 5 that attracted more than 60 pain specialists. The meeting was coordinated by Dr. Norberto Bilbeny, president of ACHED, and Dr. Mario Campero

Dr. Bilbeny presented the general aims of ACHED and advanced the results of the first study on the prevalence of nonmalignant chronic pain in Chile. He also reminded participants about ACHED’s upcoming 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated in conjunction with the group’s annual Congress, November 12-14. Twenty-two international and 70 national speakers are scheduled to participate.

“The pain meeting will cover several aspects of chronic nonmalignant pain, including headache, neuropathic pain, CRPS, fibromyalgia, low back pain, as well as palliative care and euthanasia,” Dr. Bilbeny said. Sessions on basic sciences, nursing, and occupational therapy will also be included.

Dr. Campero discussed diagnostic tools in neuropathic pain, stressing the relevance of a clinical approach. He discussed the usefulness of typical neurophysiological testing plus quantitative sensory testing, supplemented by more sophisticated, albeit simple, neurophysiological techniques, such as pain-related evoked potentials and microneurography.

Finally, Prof. Treede presented a thorough view on treatment options based on new data on pain mechanisms. He presented a very interesting approach on different clinical/QST profiles of irritable nociceptor, central sensitization, and disinhibition, leading to defining specific therapies targeted to mechanisms of pains. 

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Prior to visiting Chile, Prof. Treede attended the 12th Brazilian Pain Congress (Congresso Brasileiro de Dor) in Curitiba, Brazil, which was organized by the Brazilian chapter of IASP, the Sociedade Brasileira para o Estudo da Dor (SBED). The Congress attracted more than 1,000 participants and included nearly 250 posters. Prof. Treede participated in a plenary section, two other lectures, the opening ceremony, and various meetings.

The Congress included sessions on several pain issues, with a focus on neuropathic pain because of IASP’s Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain. Delegates from other disciplines attended, including those from anesthesiology, neurology, physical therapy, psychology, psychiatry, veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing, and basic sciences. There were even three posters about law and pain.

Parallel events included the meeting of Brazilian pain leagues of undergraduate students, the meeting of students that participated in the IASP Pain Camp held in Brazil in 2014, which was organized by IASP and SBED. Prof. Treede, Dr.  Jose Siqueira, and IASP Councilor Dr. João Garcia participated in the pain camp.