Special Sessions

Enhance your World Congress experience by participating in innovative sessions designed to provide unique perspectives and professional development. When indicated, registration is available through the World Congress registration process.

Breaking Through The Clutter: A Primer on Communicating Science and Health to the Public

Wednesday, September 12, 2018; 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Registration Price: $20

This two-hour session with seasoned communications experts and media trainers will provide attendees with the skills they need to engage effectively with non-scientific audiences. You will learn how to speak with brevity and maintain accuracy using messages and storytelling, and share tools to make sure you feel in control when meeting with journalists, funders, policymakers or the public.  The session is highly interactive with video examples and exercises.  Registration is required and spaces are limited and going fast.  This exclusive opportunity is supported by a grant from The Mayday Fund.

Pain Management in Elite Athletes

Thursday, September 13, and Saturday, September 15; 12:00-2:00 p.m. (lunch will not be served)

Pain is common among elite athletes and is frequently associated with sport injury. Because no evidence-based or consensus-based guidelines existed to manage pain in elite athletes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) convened a panel of experts in November 2016 to evaluate the state of the science and practice of pain management. This two-part session will present salient findings of the IOC consensus document, (2) provide an overview of policy from major sports organizations, and (3) present illustrative case discussions. The multidisciplinary panel of speakers represent physicians and clinicians with backgrounds in neurology, pain medicine, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, and physical therapy, plus former elite athletes.

Faculty for Part I: Findings of the International Olympic Committee

Wayne Derman, MD

Director, Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine
Co-Director, International Olympic Committee Research Center
Director, FIFA Medical Center of Excellence
Stellenbosch University, Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Brian Hainline, MD

Chief Medical Officer, National Collegiate Athletics Association
Clinical Professor of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine

Stan Herring, MD

Medical Director, University of Washington Medicine Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health
Clinical Professor, University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery

Johan Raeder, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Oslo; University of Oslo, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Oslo, Norway

Allen Sills, MD

NFL Chief Medical Officer
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University

Part 2: Case Reports of Elite Athletes in Pain

Cheri Blauwet, MD

Chair, International Paralympic Committee Medical Committee
Board of Directors, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
Attending Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

Dwight Hollier

Formerly with the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, now Vice President of Wellness and Clinical Services for the NFL

Magdalena Maleeva

Former professional tennis player, (No. 4 in the world)
Maleeva Tennis Club, Sofia, Bulgaria

Allen Sills, MD

Chief Medical Officer, National Football League
Professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University

Kathleen Stroia, MS, ATC, PT

Senior Vice President, Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions, World Tennis Association Tour

Guiding Pain and Interprofessional Education Through Competencies

Friday, September 14, 2018; 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Registration Price: $20 (includes lunch)

Organized By the 2018 Global Year Task Force

This session will review recent developments in advancing pain education through use of competencies for pain in uni- and interprofessional curricula. These will include mapping of competencies against overarching profession-specific competencies, novel education programs and curricula across professions and stages of practice, and aspirational goals for how competencies can improve pain education around the world.  Practical strategies and examples will be discussed of how best to integrate pain competency in individual programs, systems and policy level education.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues to share best practices and brainstorm new ideas.


Scott M. Fishman, MD

Fullerton Endowed Chair in Pain Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (secondary)
Chief, Division of Pain MedicineVice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Director, Center for Advancing Pain Relief
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Judy Watt-Watson, RN MSc PhD

Professor Emeritus
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Massey College
Executive Member, Centre for the Study of Pain
University of Toronto

Pain Neuroimaging Night at the A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging

Friday, September 14; 6:00 PM – 9:00 p.m.
Registration Price: $50 (roundtrip transportation from the BCEC and refreshments will be provided)

Hosted by: A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, IASP and the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging (CiPNI)

Limited capacity – Register early!
Note: Once you have entered the registration site, you will be taken to your Dashboard, from there you may select the Add Sessions & Events button where you may click through the various pages of offerings.  You will find the Martinos Center event on the Special Sessions page (4th page in the series).

The Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging is part of the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. It is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive academic biomedical imaging research enterprises, with over 150 investigators, 8 human MRI scanners, combined PET/MR, M/EEG, Optical Imaging, and ultrahigh field MRI facilities for small animal imaging.

The Martinos Center is one of the birthplaces of functional MRI (fMRI), and continues to be a resource for novel pain neuroimaging discoveries. Many of the imaging equipment is from Siemens Healthineers and delegates will be able to tour the facilities and view the latest in imaging technology.  The following areas of the center will be toured:

Station 1: Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and Electroencephalography (EEG)
Station 2: Positron emission tomography (PET)
Station 3: 3T, 7T and 9.4T Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Station 4: Large-bore MRI Systems Bays 1, 3 3T MRI Trio 1, 2, 3 and 3T Skyra
Station 5: Connectome Imaging at LF-MRI Building 75 setups as well as a triggering interface.
Station 6: Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) at Optics Division

5:30-5:40 p.m. Buses depart BCEC northeast level one (vestibule door across from meeting room 156)
6:00-6:15 p.m. Buses arrive from BCEC
6:15-6:30 p.m. Welcome by Center Director, Bruce Rosen MD, PhD
6:30-7:15 p.m. Refreshments served; tours begin
7:15-9:00 p.m. Full tour and overview of the facility
9:00-9:15 p.m. Buses return to BCEC

Advocating for Pain Relief Worldwide: Best Practices from Around the Globe

Saturday, September 15, 2018; 90 minutes 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Part 1: IASP Advocacy Efforts and Update on ICD-11
This session will provide (1) an overview of IASP advocacy efforts with the WHO and summarize the status of ICD-11 initiative with the WHO and globally; (2) offer perspectives from the Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS), recounting its regional work and creation of a Pain Clinic Tool Kit; and (3) summarize the work of the U.S. National Pain Strategy, showcasing the collaborative efforts of the American Pain Society and other groups.

Mary Cardosa, MBBS

IASP Councilor
ASEAPS Representative and Chair, Pain Clinical Tool Kit Organizing Group

William Maixner, DDS, PhD

President, American Pain Society
Member, Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC), National Institutes of Health

Rolf-Detlef Treede, Prof., Dr. Med.

IASP Immediate Past President
Chair, IASP ICD-11 Task Force
IASP Liaison to the World Health Organization

Part 2: Introducing the Societal Impact of Pain: A Case of Successful Collaborative Advocacy for Pain in Europe
This session will (1) introduce the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platform as Europe’s leading advocacy vehicle for improved pain policy, (2) explain the methodology behind SIP and ways it could apply to other regions, and (3) reflect upon the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a key policy lever used by SIP.

Marian Harkin

Member of the European Parliament
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Ireland

Bart Morlion, MD, PhD

President of the European Pain Federation, EFIC

Thomas Tölle, Prof., Dr. Med.

Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the European Pain Federation, EFIC and member at-large of the European Pain Federation Executive Board

Innovative Teaching and Assessment Strategies for the Pain Educator

Saturday, September 15, 2018; 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Registration Price: $20 (includes lunch)

Organized By the 2018 Global Year Task Force
This session will focus on identifying and developing innovative and timely teaching and assessment strategies in pain education. The topics will look towards a global embrace of pain education with: high-impact conversations, patient-centered treatment plans, distance learning, and creative technologies all designed to advance meaningful competency in interprofessional pain care. Following an introduction to set the stage addressing diverse teaching methodologies and updates in assessment of pain education, participants will divide into facilitated small groups working with education leaders to create innovative learning activities and develop assessment techniques.

Beth B. Hogans, M.S. (Biomath), M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director of Pain Education
Department of Neurology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Antje M. Barreveld, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Co-Principal Investigator, HSDM-BWH NIH Pain Consortium Center of Excellence in Pain Education
Medical Director, Pain Management Center
Director, Substance Use Services (SUS)
Anesthesiologist, Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates (CAA)
Newton-Wellesley Hospital