APS Leaders Meet with NIH Pain Consortium
April 6, 2017
The President and other leaders of the APS have met with the Steering Committee of the NIH Pain Consortium annually since 2005. Over the years, the relationship has strengthened and the collaboration productive. On April 4, APS President Dave Williams, Immediate Past President Greg Terman, APS President Elect Bill Maixner , Board memberTed Price, Past President Ron Dubner, and CEO Catherine Underwood met with Pain Consortium Chair Walter Koroschetz (NINDS), Patricia Grady (NINR), Josie Briggs (NCCIH), Dave Thomas for Nora Volkow (NIDA), Michael Oshinski (NINDS) and Bruce Reed and Nick Gaiano, (Center for Scientific Review – CSR).
During this meeting, APS leadership learned about implementation plans for the National Pain Strategy (NPS) being led by Tom Novotny from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). The structure includes a Federal Stakeholders Principals Coordinating Council as well as an Implementation Steering Committee (ISC) and Implementation Work Groups (IWGs) to assure progress on Strategy recommendations. Dr. Novotny will hold two external stakeholder meetings annually to update the pain community on projects that are fulfilling the recommendations of the Strategy. The first of these meetings will be held May 11 and will be webcast. APS will provide the URL when it becomes available.
Drs. Reed and Gaiano led a discussion about the Somatosensory and Chemosensory Systems Study Section and their plans for its future. Watch this site for news in the upcoming months!
Dr. Linda Porter (NIH Health Science Policy Advisor for Pain) reported that the results of the Federal Pain Research Strategy (FPRS) work groups will be presented to the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) on May 5, and they hope to present it in detail during the annual NIH Pain Consortium meeting which will be held on May 31 - June 1, 2017 on the NIH Campus in Bethesda. Click here to register!
The IPRCC website has been reconfigured and contains consistently updated information related to Meetings, FPRS, NPS, Pain Research Advances, Portfolio Analysis as well as News & Publications. To find the latest information on NIH and Pain, be sure to visit the IPRCC and APS websites often.