IASP World Congress: Effective Advocacy at the Local and National Levels: Learning from the Experts

September 5, 2018

Pain researchers, clinicians, trainees, policy experts and academics from over 130 countries will gather in Boston from September 12-16, 2018 for the 17th World Congress of the IASP (International Association of the Study of Pain). Bringing together thought leaders and experts from around the world to collaborate, network and learn is an essential part of this biennial event. Dr. Daniel Carr, founding director of the acclaimed Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) at Tufts University School of Medicine will be moderating an important panel at the upcoming IASP World Congress — Effective Advocacy at the Local and National Levels: Learning from the Experts.

The scope of translational pain research is often limited to clinical application of a therapy.  In the real world, however, access to pain assessment and effective treatment is blocked by social, economic or administrative barriers. Overcoming such barriers is key to improved prevention and care of pain, but the knowledge base and skill sets needed to achieve support for pain care require an alternative view of pain education from its present biomedical focus.  This panel expands the breadth of pain-related education by convening five accomplished leaders whose efforts have spanned public health, journalism and mass media, pediatrics, military and veterans’ health care, and family- and patient-led groups convening online.  These experts will speak briefly about the projects and challenges they have faced and still face. They will share the strategies they employed to achieve positive change in various levels of health care up to and including the national level.  “Open-mike” time will be kept free during the last portion of this session to promote panel-audience interaction.

The panelists include:

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH , Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts

Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience, Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, Dalhousie University,Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Judy Foreman, Syndicated Health Journalist and former pain sufferer, author of  The Global Pain Crisis– What Everyone Needs to Know and A Nation in Pain–Healing our Biggest Health Problem.

Pamela Katz Ressler, MS-PREP, RN, HNB-BC, Award-winning blogger, founder of Stress Resources, LLC and researcher on the intersection of social media, online patient communities and healthcare, Tufts University School of Medicine

Friedhelm Sandbrink MD,Acting National Program Director for Pain Management, Specialty Care Services, Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC; Director, Pain Management Program, Dept Neurology, Washington VA Medical Center; Clinical Associate Professor in Neurology, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland

The panel presentation will take place on Friday, September 14 from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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