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2021 Scientific Program Committee

The role of this committee is to plan, direct and supervise the Congress' scientific program, develop the overall Congress schedule, review and rate the proposed technical workshops and plenary sessions. The SPC also suggests and helps implement ways to increase the Congress' appeal to particular groups such as trainees, primary care physicians or potential delegates from the developing world. The committee provides continuous feedback throughout the Congress planning cycle, assists in the review of submitted poster abstracts, and develops the selection process for Congress special lectures.

Andrew S.C. Rice

Michiel Reneman, PhD (Netherlands)
Michael Gold, PhD (USA)
Ian Gilron (Canada)
Michele Sterling, PhD (Australia)
Qasim Aziz, PhD, FRCP (United Kingdom)
Joletta Belton (Patient Representative, United States)
David Bennett, PhD (United Kingdom)
Sushma Bhatnagar, MD (India)
Cathy Cahill, PhD (USA)
Mario Campero, MD (Chile)
Michael Costigan, PhD (USA)
Antoon De Laat, DDS, PhD (Belgium)
Robert Edwards, PhD (USA)
Anne-Marie Heegaard, MD, PhD (Denmark)
Frank Huygen, MD, PhD (Netherlands)
Supranee Niruthisard, MD (Thailand)
Melanie Noel, PhD (Canada)
Romy Parker, PhD (South Africa)
Xue-Jun Song, MD, PhD (China)
Jennifer Stinson, PhD (Canada)
Cheryl Stucky, PhD (USA)
Camilla Svensson, (Sweden)
Nurcan Uçeyler, MD (Germany) 
Lene Vase, PhD (Denmark) 
Irina Vetter, BPharm, PhD (Australia)
Tor Wager, PhD (USA)
Shigeki Yamaguchi, MD, PhD (Japan)


It’s the biggest conference on pain management. It’s good for networking, the posters are very interesting, and you have great speakers for the plenaries…The speakers are very inspiring.

Lee Sook Huey, MSc Kin & Kids Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Center | Malaysia

I have attended many pain conferences all over the world, but this is the one organization which I have liked since the beginning...there is an extremely good culture that is truly multidisciplinary...I have not missed any conference of IASP in the past 15 years.

Sushma Bhatnagar, MD All India Institute of Medical Sciences | India

For people that are researching pain, this is the place to be. There are just so many topics that are covered and that are directly related to pain research…it’s just a bombardment of content and information…it’s definitely worthwhile.

Jastrow Canlas, PhD Trainee, Flinders University | Australia

The international component of the conference is one of the best things about being here...I get exposed to research that I wouldn’t have ever before…I always take away something.

Hallie Tankha Graduate Student, Wayne State University | USA