December 2016
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Register Now for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting

Do you have remaining 2016 funds? Register for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting! APS is headed to Pittsburgh, May 17–20, and we’re excited to collaborate with YOU. This meeting brings pain professionals together to hear innovative and ground-breaking research, participate in educational sessions, and network with peers who share a passion for and commitment to pain science.

Register now!

APS Conference on Analgesic Trials (APS-CAT)

As a follow up to 2016’s first annual APS Conference on Analgesic Trials (APS-CAT), APS will present the second annual APS-CAT on May 17, 2017. This event will be chaired and moderated by Neil Singla, MD, APS Clinical Trials special interest group chair and chief scientific officer of Lotus Clinical Research.

APS-CAT is a full-day conference focused on optimizing the design and conduct of analgesic clinical trials. APS-CAT 2016 had 200 pain research professionals in attendance and featured expert presentations as well as Q & A with an eight-member panel. Audience feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

APS-CAT 2017 presenters include

Lars Arendt-Nielsen, MD PhD
Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI)
Department of Health Science and Technology, School of Medicine, Aalborg University
Translational, Quantitative, Healthy Volunteer Pain Models of Pain and Sensitization

Laurie Burke, MD
Founder, LORA Group
Former Director, FDA Study Endpoints and Labeling Development (SEALD) Team
Getting the Claims You Want: Optimizing Your Study Endpoints and Labeling

Sharon Hertz, MD
Director, FDA Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products

Nathaniel Katz, MD
President, Analgesic Solutions
What Can Be Done About the Placebo Response in Clinical Trials: A Review of the Evidence

Bob Rappaport, MD
Founder, Analgesic Concepts
Former Director, FDA Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products
Getting the Indication You Want: Selecting an Appropriate Analgesic Model

Lee Simon, MD
Principal, SDG, LLC
Former Director, FDA Division of Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory and Ophthalmologic Drug Products
Clinical Trial Design Considerations for Studies in Osteoarthritis

Neil Singla, MD
Chief Scientific Officer, Lotus Clinical Research
Opioid Sparing Endpoints: Trial Design, Clinical Relevance and Label Claims

APS-CAT features a panel format, with each presenter speaking for 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of audience/panel Q & A.

The goals of this conference are:

  • Gather world-renowned experts in clinical trials to convey and analyze current best practices.
  • Disseminate the latest scientific and regulatory developments in topics of interest to the analgesic research industry.
  • Discuss experimental methods that increase analgesic trial assay sensitivity.
  • Involve audience members in dialogue with thought leaders in the field from regulatory bodies, industry, and academia.
  • Convene at a familiar venue before the APS Annual Scientific Meeting to facilitate networking and future collaboration.

Registration is $100 and includes lunch and refreshments.

Register Now (Navigate to “May 17” tab and select “(002) APS Conference on Analgesic Trials”).

For questions or comments, please contact Clinical Trials SIG Chair Neil Singla, MD.

The Fundamentals of Translational Pain Medicine: Integrating Science into Clinical Care

Before the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting, APS is holding a foundational pain science and pain management educational course that provides participants with the opportunity to intensify their interest in this specialty and enhance professional practice. This course was developed and cofounded by Dr. Charles Argoff, an internationally renowned physician specializing in the treatment of patients with chronic and neuropathic pain, Fundamentals is designed for both basic scientists and clinicians.

Specifically benefiting residents, fellows, PhD candidates, and other early career professionals, those that participate in Fundamentals will be able to

  • experience new levels of multidisciplinary integration in the care and treatment of the patient and pain
  • learn interdisciplinary perspectives from faculty that represent the spectrum of pain science
  • explore basic foundations and their relationship to assessment and treatment protocols
  • discover evidence-based approaches to pain science and its translation to clinical practice.

New to Fundamentals in 2017 is the inclusion of self-study, prework serving to ready participants for the live interactive program, which will offer didactic instruction with application to optimize transferability of learning into practice. Self-study work will include three 60-minute modules:

  1. Pain Assessment: History and Screening Tools
    Charles Argoff, MD
  2. The Science and Management of Pain Assessment
    Theodore Price, PhD
  3. A Functional, Restorative Approach to Managing Pain
    Steven Stanos, DO

Learn more and register now.