February 2017
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Early Bird Deadline

Discover the latest in multidisciplinary pain research and clinical care May 17–20 in Pittsburgh. At the meeting, you will receive a one-of-a-kind education from esteemed leaders, celebrate your peers for exceptional work in the field, and join hundreds of pain researchers and clinicians from across the country who share your passion and our purpose: translating research into relief.

NEW this yearA Crash Course: The Terminology and Techniques of Basic Science. This preconference is for clinicians and nonscientists who may require/desire a better understanding of the terminology and techniques used in basic pain research to better understand and apply educational material from the meeting.

Join APS and your colleagues in Pittsburgh May 17–20. Register by March 17 and save up to $100.

ASM Spotlight

Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz

Submissions for the 2017 Data Blitz now are being accepted through March 15, 2017!

The Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz will be held Wednesday, May 17, 6–8 pm, in Pittsburgh, PA, as part of the 36th Annual Scientific Meeting. This year's Data 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 blitz will be moderated by Steve Davidson, PhD; Jennifer DeBerry, PhD; Marie Hoeger Bement, PhD PT; and Mark Bicket, MD.

To apply, please download the application, complete all requested information, and send as a Word document to Emily Panci at

Preconference Sessions

Fundamentals of Pain Management: An Interdisciplinary Primer

Ideal for Students, Trainees, and Early Career Professionals

The Fundamentals course provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, exposure to the Annual Scientific Meeting, and a foundation for lifelong learning in pain science and pain medicine.

The course, "The Fundamentals of Translational Pain Medicine: Integrating Science into Clinical Care," will be held prior to the start of the 36th Annual APS Scientific Meeting on Tuesday, May 16, and will provide participants an opportunity to increase their interest in this specialty and enhance their professional practice.

NEW to Fundamentals in 2017 is the inclusion of self-study, pre-work serving to ready participants for the live interactive program that will offer didactic instruction with application to optimize transferability of learning into practice.



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 a Q&A session with an eight-member panel. Audience feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Registration is $100 and includes lunch and refreshments.

Early Career Forum

If you are a predoctoral student, a postdoctoral trainee, or an early career faculty member who wants to network, share ideas and experiences, and advance your academic and professional development skills, the Early Career Forum is for you! The Early Career Forum is an interactive event designed to enhance academic career development and grow future generations of leaders in the pain community. This year’s lineup includes a mentor networking event, a mock study session, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant roundtable, and a research ideas sounding board.

  • The Faculty Mentoring Event: Come interact with interdisciplinary senior faculty researchers and clinicians. Networking groups will be organized by discussion topic.
  • Mock Study Section: Learn about the peer-review process by observing the review of a basic science and a clinical or behavioral science grant by faculty experienced in the scientific peer-review process.
  • NIH Grant Roundtable: Bring your grant questions to a roundtable discussion with NIH faculty with expertise in NIH research training and career development programs.
  • Sounding Board: Get input on your research ideas from clinical, basic, and translational science senior faculty and peers.


Spring Pain

Tuesday, May 16
8 am–4 pm, 5:30–7:30 pm reception

Wednesday, May 17
8 am–12 pm

Be the first to hear presentations of original, not yet published, research currently being conducted in the basic and clinical pain sciences.

  • Enjoy activities in Pittsburgh each afternoon and then network with colleagues during an evening reception.
  • Stay for the meeting: there are great basic science topics and speakers throughout the APS Annual Scientific Meeting, so plan to stay for the science!
  • View the full schedule and register now.