PRF Correspondents Program

We are excited to invite applications for PRF Correspondents to take part in a science communications training program during the 2018 World Congress on Pain, September 12-16, 2018, in Boston, USA. Applications have closed. Deadline to apply was August 1, 2018.

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Congrats to our PRF Correspondents!

Giovanni Berardi, Marquette University (USA)
Alexander Davies, University of Oxford (UK)
Nick Fallon,University of Liverpool (UK)
Valerie Hruschak, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Alisa Johnson, University of Florida (USA)
Charlie Kwok, University of Calgary (Canada)
Hayley Leake, University of South Australia (Australia)
Victoria Madden, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Francie Moehring, Medical College of Wisconsin (USA)
Tayler Sheahan, University of Pittsburgh (USA)
Amanda Stone, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (USA)
Perri Tutelman, Dalhousie University (Canada)

About the Program

The purpose of this program is to provide students and early-career pain investigators with the knowledge and skills they need to communicate science effectively to a wide range of pain researchers and to patients and the broader public.

Working closely with the PRF editors, successful applicants will gain valuable science communications experience by conducting interviews and podcasts with World Congress speakers, writing summaries of lectures and scientific sessions, and producing other content.

All content generated by program participants will be published on the Pain Research Forum and RELIEF (, PRF’s companion site for the public. In addition, all participants will receive complimentary access to the workshop “Breaking Through the Clutter: A Primer on Communicating Science and Health to the Public” on September 12.

By participating in the science communications training program, you will:

  • Develop your oral and written communications skills
  • Develop the ability to write for both pain researchers (PRF) and patient/lay audiences (RELIEF)
  • Learn how to effectively revise and edit your work
  • Generate content for publication on PRF and RELIEF
  • Disseminate knowledge of pain research to experts and non-experts alike

Program Requirements

Participants in this program must be available for:

  • an introductory conference call in late August
  • a special meeting on-site in Boston at the beginning of the World Congress
  • interviews with Plenary Lecturers  and to provide reporting from scientific sessions
  • a final conference call shortly after the Congress has concluded

All assignments are due one month after the Congress.

Application Process 

How to apply

To apply for the Science Communications Training Program, please submit a brief description (500 words maximum) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity, and how it will contribute to your professional development, along with a resume. Applications must be submitted via the application system. Applications will not be accepted via email.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  1. Registered for the 17th World Congress on Pain
  2. A trainee member of IASP (Undergraduate student, Graduate student, or  Postdoctoral investigator)

Applications are welcome from basic, translational and clinical investigators working in any area of pain research. Twelve applicants in total will be accepted into the program, and can be based anywhere in the world.

Non-scholarly writing experience is helpful but not required.