June 2015
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Now Open: 2016 Call for Symposia

Are you interested in presenting your research to multidisciplinary pain researchers and clinicians? This is your chance to do so!

The 2016 APS Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit your proposals for presentations. Submitted proposals must reflect APS’s multidisciplinary approach to pain and should include presenting the areas of pain science, translational research, and treatment. Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are also invited to submit formal proposals for their 2016 SIG meetings for continuing education credit.

The 35th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Austin, May 11–14. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 20. Learn more.



2015 Annual Scientific Meeting: A Great Success

APS is pleased to announce that more than 1,000 attendees gathered for the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting in Palm Springs, CA, May 13–16. The Annual Scientific Meeting attracted participants from around the country and the world―45 states and 20 countries were represented.

The Experience Exchange was bustling with 57 exhibitors. Excellence in the pain management field was recognized during the annual President’s Reception when APS presented the 2015 award winners, including Future Leaders in Pain Research grant recipients. This year’s attendees had the opportunity to experience exciting and innovative sessions that enhanced the value of the meeting.


This year’s educational program included 28 symposia, two workshops, three plenary sessions, a National Pain Strategy meeting, innovative Session Sound Byte lectures, nearly 500 posters, and 18 shared interest group meetings. Attendees had the opportunity to attend featured sessions, such as a keynote address on “Envisioning Research Focused on Outcomes Rather than Diseases or Treatments” by Joe Selby, MD MPH; “Basic Science of Pain 101” by Linda Porter, PhD, Clifford Woolf, MD PhD, Catherine Bushnell, PhD, and Gerald Gebhart, PhD; and the Global Year Against Pain lecture, “‘Listening’ and ‘Talking’ to Neurons: Clinical Implications of Glial Dysregulation of Pain, Opioid Actions, and Drugs of Abuse,” by Linda Watkins, PhD.

American Pain Society Keynote

Early Career Forum

For the second year, APS hosted the Early Career Forum and it was another huge success! This year the forum reached maximum capacity of 100 participants. This networking event encouraged interdisciplinary collaborations between early career pain professionals. The Forum included a “Meet the Experts” networking session during which mentors met with small groups of young investigators and discussed topics of interest.

This year’s Forum featured three breakout sessions: a Career Development Award panel, a Clinical and Alternative Career Paths session, and a mock study session. The breakouts provided opportunities to discuss topics such as building a clinical career, alternative paths for a career in pain, mock study sections and specific aims review, and educational/teaching scholarship. The sessions were organized by Jennifer Haythornthwaite, PhD, and the Early Career Task Force.

Early Career participants left the Forum with valuable insights and new knowledge about NIH study sections and information about pursuing alternative career paths in pain, and had the opportunity to meet others on early career paths in pain. The networking session helped to establish new connections among early career and senior pain professionals.

American Pain Society Early Career Forum

An attendee stated, “The Early Career Forum and the mock scientific review were excellent. Witnessing the review process acted out was informative, engaging, and will help me to write better grant applications.”

APS is excited to continue hosting the Early Career Forum each year at the scientific meeting.

Experience Exchange

To provide attendees with the best experience, APS created an interactive meeting place designed to foster communication and provide networking opportunities.

At the heart of the Experience Exchange was the “hub” or the Learning Lounge where Town Hall Talks and Session Sound Bytes were hosted.

American Pain Society Learning Lounge

Town Hall Talks were a new addition and sold out quickly. These talks showcased products, services, and programs relevant to your profession. Topics included risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS), compliance, patient safety, diversion, and research.

A new addition to the Experience Exchange was "Explore the Floor." Attendees who visited with all of the participating exhibitors were able to enter a raffle for a chance to win prizes provided by APS. Thank you to all the attendees who participated!

The APS Member Center was at the entrance of the Experience Exchange. Each day APS staff prompted the attendees with a question of the day. This allowed APS staff to interact with attendees and foster communication to fully understand what they like most about the meeting and what they would like to see in the future. Below are the results.

American Pain Society Member Center

When it comes to making decisions in my department, I am

  • an influencer: 63%
  • the decision maker: 37%

The number one thing APS can do for me is

  • advocate on pain: 22%
  • provide more research funding: 47%
  • be an information repository: 31%

I came to the Annual Scientific Meeting for

  • research: 44%
  • networking: 30%
  • educational content: 26%

In Austin, I am most looking forward to

  • Town Hall Talks: 39%
  • APS Question of the Day: 41%
  • Explore the Floor: 20%

What Is #APS15?

Attendees, exhibitors, and the media also took their conversations about the annual meeting to Twitter. APS Twitter followers were encouraged to tweet using #APS15 in their posts when referencing the Annual Scientific Meeting. This year, 92 individuals mentioned the annual meeting in 136 tweets! APS left a substantial mark on Twitter and saw a significant increase in followers by the end of the meeting. Don’t miss out on the latest pain management information―follow APS on Twitter at @AmericanPainSoc.

Thank You!

The 34th Annual Scientific Meeting would not have been a success without the dedication of the APS volunteers.

APS would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Scientific Program Committee, chaired by Theodore Price, PhD, in selecting this year’s educational programming. An additional thank you goes to Jennifer Haythornthwaite, PhD, and the members of the Early Career Forum planning task force, as well as to the many faculty members who donated their time and expertise to speak at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting.

APS hopes that attendees were able to take away pertinent and exciting discoveries that will increase the research and clinical advancements in the pain management field.

APS would like to extend a sincere thank you to commercial sponsors Teva CNS, Mylan, and Kaleo.

See You in Austin!

APS hopes to see you and your colleagues at next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, May 11–14, 2016. If you are interested in presenting at next year’s meeting, the 2016 Call for Symposia is currently open. Submit your proposal by Monday, July 20.

American Pain Society 2016 Austin

Obtain Your Annual Meeting Continuing Education Credit

Evaluations for the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting are now available. Certificates of continuing education credit will be issued upon completion of the online meeting evaluation form.

Access Evaluations

Poster Abstracts Are Live

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

To view abstracts, use the “Search within this issue” link in the upper-right corner of the database to search only for abstracts that were presented in Palm Springs (rather than 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.

Pain Control for Primary Care Conference

July 23–25
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Orlando
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