June 2017
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Thank You to All Who Attended the Annual Scientific Meeting!

Another successful APS Annual Scientific Meeting is in the books! This year, more than 1,000 pain specialists gathered at the foremost multidisciplinary meeting in pain science held in Pittsburgh, PA, May 17–20. Thank you to our volunteers and attendees for making this a successful meeting.


Educational Program

The 36th Annual Scientific Meeting’s educational program included symposia, workshops, plenary sessions, a National Pain Strategy Presentation, innovative Science in the Learning Lounge talks, more than 400 posters, and shared interest group meetings.

Dr. David Katz, MD, founding director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, addressed a packed room of attendees during his keynote, speaking on lifestyle as preventable medicine for chronic pain. Remember: forks, fingers, and feet!

Early Career Forum

One hundred twenty eager predoctoral students, postdoctoral trainees, and early career faculty took part in this year’s Early Career Forum. Attendees met with senior mentors in the field and participated in sessions focused on academic career development. The forum included a mock study section, National Institutes of Health grant workshop, and sounding board.


Poster Voting

For the first time, the Early Career Advisory Group organized a best poster in basic science and clinical research for early career poster presenters. Congratulations to Dr. Lisham Ashrafioun for best clinical poster and Dr. Nicole Scheff for best basic science poster!

Striking a Pose in the Member Center

The Experience Exchange was bustling with members, attendees, and exhibitors. There was standing room only for the Science in the Learning Lounge sessions. Members mingled, connected, and snapped pictures at the APS Member Lounge!


Thank You!

The 36th Annual Scientific Meeting would not have been a success without the dedication of our volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to the Scientific Program Committee, chaired by Michael Gold, PhD, in selecting this year’s educational programming. An additional thank you goes to the members of the Early Career Advisory Group and their planning of the Early Career Forum as well as to the many faculty members who donated their time and expertise to speak at this year’s meeting.

See you next year in Anaheim, CA, March 4–6, 2018, for the Scientific Summit!

Obtain Your Annual Meeting Continuing Education Credit

Evaluations for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting are now available. Certificates of continuing education credit will be issued upon completion of the online meeting evaluation form.

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Submit Your Poster Abstract and Present at the APS Scientific Summit

The American Pain Society's Scientific Program Committee is currently accepting poster abstracts for presentation at the 2018 Scientific Summit.

The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting will take the form of a Scientific Summit with an interdisciplinary theme, “Understanding Pain Mechanisms”.

Each poster abstract must be original research which has not been previously presented or published elsewhere prior to the APS meeting. All accepted poster authors will present at the Scientific Summit in Anaheim, CA, March 4-6.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Tuesday, September 5. Primary authors will be notified of their abstract's status in November. All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to The Journal of Pain.

Submit an abstract.

Save the Date for 2018

The APS Annual Scientific Meeting takes on a new format with the Scientific Summit held on March 4-6, 2018, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. The summit is a more focused meeting where the intimate space and curated content allow attendees to dive deeper into interdisciplinary topics on the pathophysiology and treatment of pain.

The same outstanding science in an exciting format.

  • Intimate space—All sessions, exhibits, and posters will be held in the hotel
  • Themed symposia which build upon plenary lectures for a deeper dive into the topics
  • SIGs within the schedule—SIGs are invited to connect their meeting to the theme Understanding Pain Mechanisms
  • Formal networking and collaboration opportunities

APS will continue to focus on the best and latest pain science and management with attendee favorites such as

  • Early Career Forum
  • Fundamentals Course
  • Data Blitz + Basic Science Dinner
Mark your calendar.

2017 Pain Care for Primary Care (PCPC)

18.5 CMEs Including Opioid REMS Course

PCPC is a comprehensive update on a variety of clinical approaches to treat common pain conditions you see in your everyday practice. Register now for best rates to join your colleagues August 3–5 in Orlando, FL, or November 17–19 in San Francisco, CA. Topics include headaches and migraines, low back pain, prescribing controlled substances, urine drug testing, and more! You won’t want to miss this important meeting, which will elevate your proficiency in treating your patients who are experiencing pain and pain-related symptoms.

Save 25% off prevailing registration rates with this code: PCPC17APS

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Submit your poster abstract and present at the APS Scientific Summit