May 2017
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Thank You for Attending #APS2017!

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Another excellent Annual Scientific Meeting is in the books! We hope you connected with your colleagues and gained valuable knowledge to help advance the treatment and management of pain.

Here's what a Fundamentals attendee had to say:

“Small intimate audience and an excellent panel of speakers. Great overview of chronic pain mechanisms and treatment. Opportunity to hear and participate in a discussion between clinicians, pharmacists, researchers, and other pain professionals on timely topics.”

After attending the Early Career Forum, one participant said this:

“Overall, a great session and one of the meeting highlights! Thank you for organizing!!!"

Here's what your colleagues had to say after another successful Annual Scientific Meeting: 

“I enjoyed so many parts of APS this year that it’s hard to decide on just a few! The symposia options, SIG meetings, and networking opportunities were fantastic. In addition, I particularly enjoyed several addresses/lectures (By Drs. Katz, David, and Picard).”

“Loved visiting Pittsburgh. Enjoyed hearing presentations from young researchers as well as listening to several presentations that are investigating the importance of non-pharm interventions.”

“Opportunity to raise new issues related to the National Pain Strategy and CDC. Good to learn more about pain world.”

Stay tuned for the June issue of APS E-News for a full meeting recap! In the meantime, see what attendees shared on Twitter.

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.

Access Evaluations

2018 Call for Symposia

Deadline to submit proposals is June 12, 2017.

The APS Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites the submission of proposals for Focused Symposia for the 2018 Scientific Summit. Topics should align with the theme of understanding pain mechanisms and pain treatment mechanisms for presentation during this meeting and may include the following topics:

  • Basic science: glia/immune
  • Basic science: physiology
  • Human experimental: quantitative sensory testing
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Special populations (pediatrics, geriatrics)
  • Prevention/risk factors
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Genetics
  • Neuroimaging
  • Assessment: patient-reported outcomes & biomarkers
  • Health systems perspectives

The SPC requests that all proposals reflect APS' multidisciplinary approach to pain, and should include faculty representing varied areas of pain science, translational research, and treatment. We are especially interested in proposals that focus on integrated science. For example, translational proposals that include both basic science and clinical treatment are encouraged.

For more details visit the APS Call for Symposia page.

2018 Scientific Summit

Join us in Anaheim, California the 2018 APS meeting, the Scientific Summit.The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting will take the form of a Scientific Summit with an interdisciplinary theme, "Understanding Pain Mechanisms". Based on member and attendee feedback, we have an opportunity to experiment with a new format, time, and space for the 2018 meeting.

The theme "Understanding Pain Mechanisms" includes an interdisciplinary focus on a broad range of mechanisms that contribute to the development of pain and to benefit from pain treatment across the full spectrum from the developmental neurobiology of pain processing to psychological factors that predict the development of chronic pain. Plenaries will focus on pathophysiology and treatment of pain and will be followed by symposia which will drill down into the topics.

This meeting provides a unique opportunity to take a deeper dive into pain and pain treatment mechanisms and to fully explore this theme through plenary lectures, focused symposia sessions, interactive and networking sessions, SIG meetings, poster sessions, and exhibits.

I invite you to submit your clinical, translational, and basic science research to the Call for Symposia by June 12 or for the Call for Poster Abstracts which opens on June 14. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Anaheim, CA at the Disneyland Hotel on March 4-6, 2018!

Tonya Palermo, PhD
Scientific Program Committee Chair  


The 2018 Call for Poster Abstracts Opens Soon!

The APS Scientific Program Committee will start accepting poster abstracts for presentation at the 2018 Scientific Summit on June 14, 2017. Keep an eye on the website for more information!