January 2017
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Register Early to Save on the 2017 Annual Meeting Registration

The APS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, May 17–20! 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.

Come for the science and stay and play in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA! The city is home to

  • the Andy Warhol Museum—the collection includes 900 paintings, approximately 100 sculptures, nearly 2,000 works on paper, more than 1,000 published and unique prints, and 4,000 photographs
  • the National Aviary—The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.
  • Kennywood Amusement Park—Kennywood is one of the oldest and most beloved amusement parks in America. Founded in 1898, Kennywood has thrilled and delighted both young and young-at-heart visitors for more than 110 years. Inside, you’ll discover “Lost Kennywood,” a National Historic Landmark and replica of turn-of-the-century architecture that houses some of the park’s most popular rides, as well as other attractions that range from mild to wild throughout the park. Kennywood is a unique experience and remains one of “America’s finest traditional amusement parks.”
  • Fallingwater—America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Fallingwater for the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is entrusted to preserve Fallingwater for generations to come. Fallingwater demonstrates leadership and creativity, engages the public, and celebrates the power of design in harmony with nature. Its approach is collaborative, and it meets the highest recognized standards of museum and preservation practices.

Register before March 17, 2017, for Early Bird savings!

Session Spotlight

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. If you would like to present ideas or projects that are in the very early stages to receive feedback from the audience, please e-mail Jennifer Rabbitts.


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.

Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz

The Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz will be held on Wednesday, May 17, from 6 to 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, in which presenters have 5 minutes to present data and an additional 5 minutes to field audience questions. The blitz will be moderated by Steve Davidson, PhD, and Jennifer DeBerry, PhD.

Submissions for Data Blitz presentations will open in early February. Learn more.

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, Fundamentals participants will

  • experience new levels of multidisciplinary integration in the care and treatment of the patient in pain
  • learn interdisciplinary perspectives from faculty who 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.