David Craig, PharmD | Editor


APS18 Summit Hero

Your Colleagues Are Headed to Anaheim in March. Will You Be There?

Our symposia will focus on a blend of basic and clinical science—from the active mechanisms of psychological treatments for chronic pain to neurobiological mechanisms supporting integrative and mind-body therapies for pain. The themed approach gives you a deeper understanding of mechanisms that influence pain, providing you with a unique interdisciplinary perspective that you can only find at APS.

And now a message from the 2018 Scientific Program Chair, Tonya Palermo, PhD:

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Early Bird Registration Ends 1/31!

Save up to 20% on your registration. Complete your registration by January 22nd to be entered in a drawing to win a free night at the Disneyland® Hotel where all the action is taking place.


The Best Discount in Town Ends 1/31!

Take advantage of the special APS room rate at the Disneyland® Hotel! The room rate is available for those who want to come early or stay a few extra days to experience Anaheim. Book your room by January 31st to secure the APS rate.

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Room Sharing at the Scientific Summit

Looking for a roommate for #APS2018? Complete the Room Sharing Form by January 24.

Jumpstart Your Early Career Development March 4–6 at APS’ Scientific Summit

Don’t miss your chance to engage with peers, meet leaders, and make new friends in the pain community at the Scientific Summit in March.

APS Early Career members—which include graduate students, post docs, trainees, fellows, and those within 5 years of their research degree—have a great opportunity to jumpstart their career development by registering and attending the American Pain Society’s upcoming meeting. Be sure to join us at the Scientific Summit from March 4 to 6 in Anaheim, where APS continues its commitment to growing future generations of leaders in the pain community. In addition to meeting Mickey Mouse and discovering Disneyland, several events at the meeting deserve your attention.

Carve out time for the Early Career Forum, a special preconference event dedicated to early career members on Sunday March 4. This unique event provides the opportunity to add a spark to your career development, connect with senior mentors, and choose among breakout sessions tailored to your needs. Pre-registration is required with a limit of 120 attendees, so reserve your spot today.

Be sure to mark your calendar to hear presentations of the top clinical and basic science posters at the Data Blitz which takes place on the evening of March 4. Cheer on the presenters at the Data Blitz and stay in touch on social media throughout the meeting by following @AmericanPainSoc and using the hashtag #APS2018.

Within APS, the Early Career Advisory Group continues to serve as your advocate and resources as a 10 member group broadly representing the interest of early career professional needs. The group’s work has spanned a variety of domains. Each ECAG member represents your early career perspectives on APS committees throughout the year. ECAG recently conducted a social media hashtag challenge among early career members, and our members chose #PainResearcherinAction as the winner. Finally, one of the most significant changes came from APS leadership, who welcomed the ECAG Chair as a non-voting member of the APS Board of Directors. Following the Scientific Summit, Steve Davidson will transition to Chair of ECAG, so come join us in Anaheim to engage with APS, take a moment to meet current ECAG members, and make plans for the upcoming year.

bicketMark Bicket, MD
Chair, Early Career Advisory Group


Shared Interest Group Meetings at the Scientific Summit

New this year, APS SIG meetings are built within the program, and some are offering CE credits!
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Pain in Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Medical Marijuana is viable now in over 25 states. Many of these states allow medical marijuana use for children under 18 years of age. There is limited experience regarding the use of medical marijuana in children and adolescents, and the topic is surrounded by loads of controversy. The Pediatric SIG will host a vigorous debate regarding the use of cannabinoids in youth.

Speakers: Elliot Krane, MD; Steve Weisman, MD


VA and DoD have focused on modifying opioid prescribing practices for chronic pain. Efforts have addressed changes to opioid dosing and alternatives to opioid therapy, among others. Three VA researchers will discuss cutting-edge research focused on modifying opioid therapy for veterans and non-veterans with chronic pain. The research will describe outcomes from a recently completed 2 site (VA, Kaiser Permanente) prospective cohort study examining opioid dose escalation among patients with chronic pain. Results will be discussed from a retrospective study using VA administrative data to characterize 12-month trajectories of pain intensity following discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy, in which 4 distinct trajectory sub-groups were identified. Patient correlates of sub-group membership will be presented. Finally, another large cohort study (N>5 million veterans) using administrative data that examined the effect of use of complementary and integrative health (CIH) interventions (e.g., acupuncture, yoga, meditation) on reducing opioid initiation, dose, or duration in veterans with musculoskeletal diagnoses and PTSD. These studies highlight important research, clinical, and policy implications for opioid management of patients with chronic pain.

Speakers: Benjamin Morasco, PhD; Travis Lovejoy, PhD; Joseph Goulet, PhD

Ethics/Pain Rehabilitation

This CE event is a joint meeting of the Ethics & Pain Rehabilitation SIGs to address the growing gap between best practices for chronic pain management and the public's knowledge and access to these services. Policy and practice issues will be discussed in implementing biopsychosocial approaches to pain management. CEUs provided to attendees.

Speakers: Tomer Anbar, PhD; Samantha Rafie, PhD