International Association for the Study of Pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is an international learned society promoting research, education, and policies for the understanding, prevention, and treatment of pain.[1] IASP was founded in 1973 under the leadership of John J. Bonica.[2] Its secretariat, formerly based in Seattle, Washington is now located in Washington, DC.[1] It publishes the scientific journal PAIN, PAIN Reports and PAIN: Clinical Updates.[3][4][5] IASP currently has more than 7,200 members from 133 countries and in 94 chapters worldwide.[6] IASP supports 20 Special Interest Groups (SIGs)[7] which members may join to network and collaborate with others in their specific field of research or practice.

International Association for the Study of Pain
TypeNongovernmental organization
PurposeScientific research and clinical translation
HeadquartersWashington, DC, US
CoordinatesCoordinates: Maps 38°54′01″N 77°02′04″W / 38.900385°N 77.034312°W / 38.900385; -77.034312
Region served
Official language
Lars Arendt-Nielsen

The IASP definition of pain as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage" is derived from a 1964 definition by Harold Merskey,[8] and it was first published in 1979 by IASP in PAIN, number 6, page 250.[9]

Global Year Against PainEdit

In 2004, supported by various IASP chapters and federations holding their own local events and activities worldwide, IASP initiated its first "Global Year Against Pain" with the motto "The Relief of Pain Should be a Human Right".[10][11] Every year, the focus is on another aspect of pain.

  • 2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable[10]
  • 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education[10]
  • 2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery[10]
  • 2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints[10]
  • 2014–2015 Neuropathic Pain[10]
  • 2013–2014 Orofacial Pain[10]
  • 2012–2013 Visceral Pain[10]
  • 2011–2012 Headache[10]
  • 2010–2011 Acute Pain[10]
  • 2009–2010 Musculoskeletal Pain[10]
  • 2008–2009 Cancer Pain[10]
  • 2007–2008 Pain in Women[10]
  • 2006–2007 Pain in Older Persons[10]
  • 2005–2006 Pain in Children[10]
  • 2004–2005 Right to Pain Relief[10]

World Congress on PainEdit

IASP hosts the biennial World Congress on Pain, the world’s largest premier pain-related gathering, is international and multidisciplinary.[12] The program comprises plenary sessions, workshops, poster sessions, and refresher courses, and attendees may receive continuing medical education credits.[12] The 18th World Congress on Pain takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on August 4–8, 2020.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)".
  2. ^ Bonica, John J. "Founder of IASP".
  3. ^ PAIN Reports
  4. ^ PAIN Journal
  5. ^ PAIN: Clinical Updates
  6. ^ "About IASP".
  7. ^ "Special Interest Groups (SIGs)".
  8. ^ "An unpleasant experience that we primarily associate with tissue damage or describe in terms of tissue damage or both." Merskey, H. (1964), An Investigation of Pain in Psychological Illness, DM Thesis, Oxford.
  9. ^ "IASP Pain Terminology". Archived from the original on 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Global Year Against Pain
  11. ^ 1st Global Year Against Pain
  12. ^ a b "Upcoming Meetings".
  13. ^ "World Congress on Pain".

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