VANCOUVER, BC-More than 4,000 pain experts from all over the world
attended the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
8th World Congress on Pain, at the Vancouver Trade and Convention
"The Congress is an opportunity for pain researchers and
clinicians to discuss the latest advances in the field,"
said IASP president John D. Loeser, MD, of the University of Washington.
"It's only within the last 20 years that medical science
has developed advanced assessment tools and intervention strategies
to reduce pain and suffering," he said.
The 8th World Congress was dedicated to the memory of Professor
John J. Bonica who pioneered the multi-disciplinary approach to
pain management with the establishment in 1961 of the University
of Washington Multidisciplinary Pain Center.
Dr. Loeser is the Center's current director.