The World Society of Pain Clinicians is proud to announce its 16th International Symposium, "The Pain Clinician".
At our previous 15 congresses, professionals in the field of acute, chronic and cancer pain management have enjoyed a stimulating scientific and social programme. At this meeting, the 16th in this series, we will be taking a critical look at new and existing clinical treatments, with an emphasis on minimally invasive procedures.
There have been many recent exciting developments in patient care during the last two years and we will be debating many of the (controversial) issues in treatment.
The scientific programme is designed to meet the aims of the WSPC, which are "to advance the understanding of mechanisms, assessment, prevention and treatment of pain".
It will consist of plenary sessions, workshops, symposia, suggest-a-topic sessions, free paper sessions and poster and e-poster presentations. Several interactive debates will allow voting and consensus on important issues. We will be running simultaneous workshops on acute pain management, pain syndromes and their management, minimally invasive procedures and neuromodulation. There will also be ample opportunity to develop hands-on skills in both simple and more advanced treatments, ranging from botulinum toxin injections for headache and Capsaicin plasters through to neuromodulation techniques.
This 16th Congress in the series will be an important milestone for practising health care workers from all disciplines including interventional clinicians, family doctors and nurses. Together, we will develop optimal strategies to manage and treat patients with pain.
I look forward to welcoming you to Miami and to a very successful Congress.
Dr. Chris Wells
Chair, Steering Committee