International Association for the Study of Pain

In May 1973, University of Washington anesthesiology professor John J. Bonica convened an interdisciplinary group of pain researchers and clinicians to discuss the need for a professional organization dedicated to pain research and management. Dr. Bonica’s vision was to provide an egalitarian, interdisciplinary, and international forum to improve knowledge about pain, improve the education of health-care providers, and improve the care of patients.  IASP was incorporated on May 9, 1974.