April 2016
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Meet APS in Austin!

Come to Austin May 11–14 for the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting! This is an exciting opportunity to network with your peers and grow your professional community.

Meeting events you don't want to miss include

  • highly anticipated and diverse educational sessions
  • more than 500 accepted posters
  • plenary lectures and interactive workshops
  • Shared Interest Group (SIG) meetings
  • Town Hall talks.

You will not find another pain science meeting like APS!

If you can't attend the full conference, APS offers daily rates so you don't have to miss out!

Register now!

Session Spotlight

Don’t miss the highly anticipated keynote address from Keith Wailoo, PhD, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University, Pain: A Political History.

When is pain real? Does too-liberal, overly compassionate relief create addiction? Is chronic pain a legitimate basis for disability claims and long-term benefits? What do you do when end-of-life pain care resembles physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia?

This lecture explores the political and cultural history of these complex medical and social debates. It will examine how pain medicine emerged as a legitimate yet controversial area of medical care; how physicians, patients, politicians, and, ultimately, the courts have shaped ideas about pain and relief practices; and how the questions about who is in pain and how much relief they deserve became a powerful microcosm of broader debates over disability, citizenship, liberalism, and conservatism in American society.

Don’t miss this amazing keynote! Register now for the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Fundamentals of Pain Management: An Interdisciplinary Primer

APS offers the popular Fundamentals of Pain Management: An Interdisciplinary Primer course to a wider audience in 2016.

This 1½-day course will take place on Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11, as a preconference event before the APS 35th Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, TX. The course is designed to provide each participant with a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, a mentored first exposure to the Annual Scientific Meeting, and a foundation for lifelong learning focused on pain management. Past course agendas have included topics such as:

  • Communication: Patient-Centered Interactions
  • Are Opioid Analgesics Ever Appropriate for the Treatment of Chronic Pain?
  • Pain Assessment: Key Mechanisms of Nociception, Pain, Pain States, History, and the Use of Screening and Diagnostic Tools
  • Examining the Person in Pain: Spine and Neurologic Assessment
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Headache
  • Acute Pain Management
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • and more!

The Fundamentals course is open to early career professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in pain management. Participants also have the opportunity to attend the Early Career Forum, which will take place from 1–4:15 pm on Wednesday immediately following the close of Fundamentals. Please be sure to register for Fundamentals and also select the Early Career Forum from the list of Annual Scientific Meeting opportunities occurring on Wednesday, May 11.

The 2016 course is open to the first 100 early career professionals who register. The course fee is $225, which includes both the Fundamentals course and the student registration rate for the Annual Scientific Meeting! Registration is open to all early career professionals until capacity is reached or registration closes. Onsite registration will not be accepted.

Register for the Fundamentals course.