Call for Poster Abstracts

Poster Abstract submission is closed. Authors will be notified of acceptance by May 1.

Poster abstract presentations are scheduled each day of the congress and presented by attending delegates. These presentations share peer-reviewed work in the form of a poster to address problems in the pain field being answered through research and treatment. Posters initiate conversations and can represent various stages of the discovery and research process.

Submission Information

  • An IASP member must sponsor each poster abstract.
  • IASP members may sponsor up to two abstracts.
  • An individual may join IASP to sponsor his or her own poster abstract. Join IASP today!
  • Individuals must provide the sponsor’s IASP membership number during the submission process.
  • An individual may be the first author on more than one poster abstract.
  • Poster abstracts must describe original scientific material that has not been previously published or presented at other national or international meetings. IASP does not allow encore presentations. However, if a poster abstract was presented elsewhere only with preliminary results and complete results are now available, it may be submitted.
  • Poster abstracts will be published and made available to all registered delegates in an electronic format.
  • Applicants must complete the entire application for consideration.

Poster Abstract Guidelines

  • Poster abstracts will be approved for presentation on the basis of quality and originality.
  • Poster abstracts will be rejected if they do not adhere to the ethical principles for clinical (human) and animal research endorsed by IASP. Please review the guidelines for Pain Treatment Services, Use of Animals in Research, Ethical Guidelines for Pain Research in Humans, and Clinical Practice Guidelines in the Field of Pain at www.iasp-pain.org/guidelines.
  • Poster abstracts must be submitted in English with accurate spelling and of a quality suitable for publication.
  • Proprietary drug names may not be used when referring to pharmacological substances. Only generic names of drugs are acceptable.
  • Tables or illustrations may not be included in abstracts but may appear on the poster if accepted for presentation

*Guideline Change* The abstract must be organized into at least four sections. The required four sections may be a maximum of 5000 characters combined. Punctuation and spaces count as characters. The title, author block, and disclosure block (affiliations) are not included in the abstract count. Abstracts must be organized into the following sections:

  • Summary- this section is not required.
  • Aim of Investigation
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments/Disclosures: If applicable, abstracts should include an acknowledgement section listing grant support (including grant number) and disclosure of any financial relationship the author(s) may have with the manufacturer/supplier of any commercial products or services related to the work reported in the abstract. Items to include are:
    • Research support
    • Consultant to a company
    • Speaker bureau participant
    • Company employee
    • Any other form of financial interest or support

Presenting Author

  • If a poster abstract is selected for presentation, the presenting author must register to attend the Congress. Presenting authors are responsible for all expenses related to attending the Congress, including but not limited to airfare, registration, accommodations, ground transportation, and meals. Poster authors may be eligible to apply for financial aid.
  • An individual may present more than one poster at the Congress, so long as he or she is a listed author/presenter for each poster.

IASP Poster Abstract Awards

  • IASP will give Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards to IASP trainee members whose first-author abstracts submitted to the IASP World Congress on Pain are accepted for poster session and found to be exceptional by the Scientific Program Committee.
  • IASP will recognize the work of poster presenters by offering awards for each main abstract topic category. The Scientific Program Committee will review accepted poster abstracts nominated for award consideration. A limited number of candidates will be pre-selected for award consideration. Lead authors of the candidate posters will be notified and invited to prepare a short (5 minute) presentation of their poster to give to the Scientific Program Committee at the Congress.
  • A successful candidate must be an IASP trainee member for 2018 and have completed the submission for a first-author abstract to the IASP World Congress on Pain.
  • Award selection will be based on the originality, scientific content, study design, and analysis of the research, as well as quality of the in-person presentation. Attendance at the congress meeting is mandatory and the first author must make the poster presentation. Only abstracts submitted and accepted for poster presentation at the World Congress on Pain will be eligible. Trainee members must have completed annual dues paid no later than March 4, 2018. The Scientific Program Committee will decide on abstracts to be reviewed, conduct in-person presentations, and will select the finalists and winners.
  • IASP will award an individual certificate in each category during the IASP General Assembly

SIG Poster Abstract Awards

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome SIG
One poster award of $200 and one poster award of $100. Posters must be submitted to the World Congress prior to the deadline. The Complex Regional Pain Syndrome SIG will give an award to the first author of the best and second best poster abstract on complex regional pain syndrome. Authors do not need to be members of the CRPS SIG. Applicants should select the CRPS SIG Poster Award option in the poster abstract submission system. Request for consideration is possible during submission of the abstracts. However, in the event of an oversight, please contact the chair of the scientific committee of the CRPS SIG Lone Knudsen. The evaluation/award selection will be based on the clarity, originality, scientific merit/clinical merit, and methodology and analysis of the presented work. Deadline for submission for this award is March 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.


NeuPSIG
Three poster awards are available from the NeuPSIG for trainees. One member of the author list must be a member of the NeuPSIG. Applicants should select the NeuPSIG Poster Award option in the poster abstract submission system. Deadline for submission for this award is March 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.

  • Two “first” poster awards – one from developed and one from developing countries
    • First will receive (a) free registration at NeuPSIG Congress 2019 (London); (b) $300 towards costs of attendance (non-transferrable)
  • One “second” poster award – country of origin open
    • Second will receive free registration at NeuPSIG 2019 only

Neuromodulation SIG
One poster award. 
One member of the author list must be a member of the Neuromodulation SIG. Applicants should select the Neuromodulation SIG Poster Award option in the poster abstract submission system. Deadline for submission for this award is March 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.


Non-Human Pain SIG
Two poster awards of US$200. Posters must be submitted to the World Congress prior to the deadline and relate to non-human pain (models, assessment of analgesics using animal models). Poster awards are restricted to junior researchers. One member of the author list must be a member of the Non-Human Pain SIG. Applicants should select the Non-Human Pain SIG Poster Award option in the poster abstract submission system. Deadline for submission for this award is March 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.


Sex, Gender and Pain SIG
Two poster awards of US$500. Posters must be submitted to the World Congress prior to the deadline and demonstrate a sex or gender difference. Request for consideration is possible during submission of the abstracts. However, in the event of an oversight, please contact the Co-Chairs of the SIG, Manasi Mittinty or Robert Sorge. Note that, to be considered for the poster award, the recipient does not have to be a member of the Sex, Gender and Pain SIG, but the senior author/mentor must be a member. Applicants should select the Sex, Gender and Pain SIG Poster Award option in the poster abstract submission system. Deadline for submission for this award is March 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.


Pain in Childhood SIG
Three poster awards of US$100 are available from the Pain in Childhood SIG for trainees. Posters must be submitted to the World Congress prior to the deadline and contain data related to pain in children. Request for consideration is possible during submission of the abstracts. However, if you have already submitted your abstract, please contact the Chair of the SIG, Ananda Fernandes. Note that, to be considered for the poster award, the recipient does not have to be a member of the Pain in Childhood SIG, but the senior author/mentor must be a member.” Applicants should select the Pain in Childhood SIG Poster Award option in the poster abstract submission system. Deadline for submission for this award is March 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.


Pain in Older Persons SIG
Outstanding Poster Award 2018

Two poster awards of US$400. Poster awards are restricted to junior researchers and each winner will receive travel support to the World Congress on Pain and two years of free SIG membership. Deadline for submission for this award is July 15, 2018.

The Poster Awards will be recognized for each area below:

  1. outstanding basic/experimental research on pain in older persons
  2. outstanding clinical/applied clinical research on pain in older persons