April 2015
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Must-Attend Sessions

The APS Annual Scientific Meeting will change the way you think about and treat pain. The educational program covers diverse topics across several disciplines, allowing you to learn more than ever before.

There is still time to register and join hundreds of pain researchers and clinicians from across the country. Here are just a few of the meeting’s must-attend sessions.

APS and Spring Pain Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz

This year’s Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz will feature research from the Spring Pain meeting as well as presentations submitted by APS Annual Scientific Meeting attendees. The blitz will include selected presentations of new research in a rapid format, with presenters having 5 minutes to present data and 5 additional minutes for questions from the audience.

The Data Blitz will be moderated by Benedict Kolber, PhD, Michael Jankowski, PhD, and Marie Hoeger Bement, PhD MPT.

Keynote Address

Envisioning Research Focused on Outcomes Rather Than Diseases or Treatments
Thursday, May 14 (8:30 am)
Joe Selby, MD MPH, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

This lecture will provide a brief description of the research funding priorities at Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and PCORI’s current portfolio related to pain management.

Session Sound Bytes

Friday, May 15 (8:45–10:20 am)

Join us for Session Sound Bytes, informal, TED-style talks in which you'll have an opportunity to interact with the speakers and engage in dialogue on clinical and basic science topics, moderated by Claudia Campbell, PhD. The following individuals will each host a 20-minute session:

Mark Jensen, MD (8:45–9:05 am)
Publishing Your Research Findings: Strategies for Success

Hants Williams, BSN (9:10–9:30 am)
Behavioral Health Needs and Hospital Utilization in Persons with Sickle Cell Disease

Linda Watkins, PhD (9:35–9:55 am)
XT-150 (Non-Viral Interleutkin-10 Gene Therapy): Application for Investigational New Drug Status Supports Efficacy of This Antiinflammatory Cytokine Strategy for Neuropathic Pain and Osteoarthritis

Mark Ware, MD MRCP (UK) MSc (10–10:20 am)
A Strategic Approach to Cannabis Research

We hope to see you in Palm Springs, May 13–16!

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Now Available: 2015 Poster Abstracts

The abstracts to be presented at the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs are now available online in The Journal of Pain’s searchable abstract database.

To access the abstracts, visit the Posters  page of the APS website and click on the link for the 2015 database.

Use the “search within this issue” link in the upper-right of the database to search only for abstracts to be presented in Palm Springs. The search field at the top of the page will search through all archived issues of The Journal of Pain. The database allows you to search for topics of interest and view full abstracts for all accepted posters to be presented in Palm Springs.

2016 Call for Symposia

The Call for Symposia for the 2016 APS Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held May 11–14, 2016, in Austin, will be available on the APS website on May 11. Please consider submitting a proposal for a symposium or workshop for the 2016 annual meeting.

Visit the APS website to access symposia submission forms. The deadline for all proposals is July 20, 2015.

The Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts for the 2016 meeting will be available on the APS website beginning August 13. The abstract submission deadline is November 16.

Pain Care for Primary Care Course

July 23–25

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Orlando, Florida

Provided by the American Pain Society and Global Academy for Medical Education

APS and the Global Academy for Medical Education will present the second annual Pain Care for Primary Care (PCPC) course in July. The course is dedicated to helping primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses, and physician assistants improve care for patients experiencing pain and pain-related symptoms. Faculty will be composed of nationally known experts in the field, each chosen for their unique expertise in the field of pain care. Course topics will include

  • Regulations and Safe Practices in Prescribing Controlled Substances
  • Back Pain
  • Best Approach to Treat Migraines
  • Medical Marijuana, Clinical Practice Guidelines and Emerging Therapies
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Aging Patients
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Non-Opioid Analgesics and Adjuvants
  • Patients with Addiction History
  • The Treatment Agreement.

This year, the PCPC course will also feature an optional 3-hour session on Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (Opioid REMS) for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids.

For more information regarding the topics, faculty, agenda, and continuing education hours for the PCPC course, visit