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The European Pain Federation EFIC is pleased to share recent news and updates from our 38 national chapters below.

Belarus

Upcoming events organized by the Belarusian Society for the Study of Pain:

1. The International Conference of the Belarusian Society for the Study of Pain (EFIC National Chapter)

The problem of chronic musculoskeletal pain: From theory to practice on May 21, 2022. “We are proud that this is the first event in the format of personal presence with an online broadcast. There is a lot of interesting things to discuss, including plans for the future”. Please see the detailed program below.

THE PROGRAM

of the International  Conference of the Belarusian Society for the Study of Pain (EFIC National Chapter)

“The problem of chronic musculoskeletal pain: from theory to practice”

May 21, 2022

  Venue: Minsk, 59 Pobediteley Ave.,Victoria Hotel, with online broadcast!

11.00-11.05 WELCOMING SPEECH BY THE CHAIRMAN

Siarhei V. Hapanovich Chairman of the BSSB, head of the pain treatment room, anesthesiologist of Mogilev Hospital No. 1, Mogilev, Belarus

11.05-11.35 “LOWER BACK PAIN: DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS AND TACTICS”

Gabovits Boris, Gabovits Elena, Pain Management Department, West Tallinn Central Hospital, Tallinn, Estonia

11.35-12.15 “GABAPENTINOIDS IN THE THERAPY OF NEUROPATHIC PAIN”

Amelin Alexander, MD, Professor of the Department of Neurology, Head of the Department of General Neurology of the Research Institute of Neurology of the First St. Petersburg State Medical University named after Academician I. P. Pavlov (Russia)

With the support of Viatris

12.20-13.00 “ARTICULAR SYNDROME: COMPLIANCE AND SURVIVAL OF EFFECTS IN THERAPY”

Evgeny Trofimov, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Therapy, Rheumatology, Examination of Temporary Disability and Quality of Medical Care named after E.E.Eichwald of the I.I. Mechnikov Northwestern State Medical University (Russia)

With the support of Viatris

13.00-13.30 “FIBROMYALGIA – MODERN ASPECTS OF DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT”

Tamara D.Tyabut, MD, Professor of the Department of Cardiology and Rheumatology of the Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (Belarus)

13.35-14.05 “CHRONIC MUSCULOSKELETAL LUMBAR PAIN”

Lyudmila N. Anatskaya  PhD, Leading researcher of the Neurological Department of the State Institution “Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Neurology and Neurosurgery” (Belarus)

With the support of SUN

14.10-15.00          LUNCH BREAK

15.00-15.30 “ADJUVANT THERAPY OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN”

Ekaterina V. Mazurenko, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery of the Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (Belarus)

With the support of KRKA

15.35-16.05 “TENDINOPATHY AND OSTEOARTHRITIS, AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO THERAPY”

Olga V. Degtereva, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Therapy of the Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (Belarus)

With the support of Viatris

16.10-16.40  “PHYSICAL FACTORS IN THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN”

Natalia A. Zarubitskaya, Deputy Head Physician for Medical Examination and Rehabilitation of the State Institution “Republican Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Balneotherapy” (Belarus)

16.45-17.00 “A MEDICAL APPROACH TO THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC PAIN – IDEAL AND REALITY”

Natalia N.Usova, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery with courses of medical rehabilitation, Psychiatry and faculty of advanced training “Gomel State Medical University” (Belarus)

17.05-17. 20 REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE BELARUSIAN SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF PAIN. CLOSING OF THE CONFERENCE.

Siarhei V. Hapanovich Chairman of the BSSB, head of the pain treatment room, anesthesiologist of Mogilev Hospital No. 1, Mogilev, Belarus

2. New protocols for pharmacotherapy of pathological syndromes

Now we are finishing work as part of a large interdisciplinary team and, I am sure, new protocols for pharmacotherapy of pathological syndromes (including chronic pain syndrome) in palliative care will soon be approved by the Ministry of Health. I will inform you further about the results in the near future.

Croatia

5th Croatian Congress on Pain Therapy with international participation

The Croatian Pain Society – Croatian Medical Association (the National Chapter of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)), organized the 5th Croatian Congress on Pain Therapy with international participation in Zagreb, from 26-28 May 2022. A truly multidisciplinary audience of a total of 120 healthcare professionals from the field of pain medicine, anesthesiology, neurology, rheumatology, oncology, physiotherapy, psychology, and nursing, had the opportunity to listen to 31 invited speakers from six European countries and the United States of America. The sessions were organized in a way to cover topics from different fields of pain treatment – acute, COVID-19 related, musculoskeletal, neuropathic, carcinoma, minimally invasive treatment, and free topics. Prof. Luis Garcia-Larrea (President-elect of the European Pain Federation EFIC) and prof. Claudia Sommer (President of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)), opened Congress with excellent plenary lectures: ” Pain and its brain: A journey from nociception to compassion” and ” Global Year for Translating Pain Knowledge to Practice “. With 11 accepted abstracts in form of poster presentations, participants also contributed to the scientific program of Congress. Many of the attendants took the opportunity to participate in a workshop – Minimally invasive procedures in the treatment of pain under ultrasound control (with live models).

This was our first Congress after the pandemic. There was enough time for meeting many old friends, making new ones, and exchanging ideas on areas of common interest in pain medicine. Participants have the opportunity to meet up with some of the world’s leading pain experts, such as Luis Garcia-Larrea, Claudia Sommer, Rogger Knaggs, and Leonardo Kapural. There is nothing like face-to-face meetings to spark discussion between colleagues. We greet you with a wish for a meeting as soon as possible.

Assos. Prof. Ivan Rados, M.D., Ph.D.

President of the Croatian Pain Society –  Croatian Medical Association

Ivan Omrcen, M.D.

Secretary of the Croatian Pain Society – Croatian Medical Association

Czech Republic

The raport about the actual situation in Czech Pain Society.

The contemporary composition of the board.

The composition of the board:

President – Jiři Kozák, ass.prof. MD, PhD,

Vicepresidents – Marek Hakl, MD, PhD., Jan Lejčko, MD

Interantionat and scientific secretery- prof. Richard Rokyta, MD, PhD,DrSc, FCMA

Treasurer-  Ivan Vrba, MD, PhD,

Councilors:

Radovan Hřib, MD

Nataša Popperová,MD

Tomáš Gabrhelík,ass.prof.MD, Ph.D.

Petr Cvrček, MD, Ph.D.

Pavel Ševčík, prof.MD, PhD.

Jitka Fricová, ass.prof., MD, Ph.D.

Jana Hrubešová,MD

Controlor commission –

Jan Procházka, MD, Ph.D. – president

Radomír Čumlivski,MD,PhD.

Jiří Málek,ass.prof., MD, PhD.

 

The Czech Pain Society has 306 members. The organization of pain care is concentrated in 8 Pain Centers and 76 Out- Patient clinics.

The most important event every year organized Czech-Slovak Dialogues on Pain – which are one year in Czech Republic and other year in Slovak Republic. The participation in this international bilateral Congress is around 300 pain specialists. IASP support this Congress by so – called IASP speaker. We had the privilege to have the speakers with very high international reputation like Jean Marier Besson, Marie Adele Giambernardino, Anna-Maria Aloisi, prof. Herta Flor from Manheim (Germany).

Every two years we are organizing together with the Czech Headache Society the Symposium on pain in Brno (Moravia).  Also every two years the Prague Neuromodulation day is organized. May others meetings and lectures are organized every year (for example the Spring Seminars about the different topics from algesiology, the spinal school and many others).

The Centre for postgraduate professional study organized each year seminar about different topics, which are taught during this professional education. Our Society cooperate and participate on the congresses and conference activated by other medical Societies like Neurological, Psychological, Myosceletal, Oncological, and Rehabilitation Societies.

The meeting of the board is 2-3 times per year. But there are intensive communication by e-mail and other media.

Since 2002 Czech Pain Society organized the Postgraduate study of Pain specialization, the participants obtain the certificate for the pain practice.

The financial sources are mainly from the membership payments and from the organization of Congress and seminars.

The Czech Pain Society is covered by the Czech Medical Society Jan Evangelista Purkyně.

Italy

45th National Congress of the Italian Association for the Study of Pain

Naples, 22-24 September 2022

The National Congress of the Italian Association for the Study of Pain, AISD, has represented for more than 40 years a significant moment of multidisciplinary scientific comparison and training to which experts and professionals engaged in research and clinical practice contribute.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 Congresses were held in virtual mode, still enjoying great participation success, also thanks to the commitment of the Scientific Committee which proposed excellent scientific contents, with constant reference to the most frequent and current clinical problems that are faced in daily practice. For both the 2020 and 2021 editions, participants were given the opportunity to listen to the reports for the six months following the Congress, by accessing the www.congressoaisd.it platform. AISD members can instead review the Congress, without time limits, by accessing the reserved area of ​​the AISD website, www.aisd.it.

For the 2022 edition of the National Congress, the AISD Board of Directors has decided to take a step towards normality and to propose a hybrid event, with participation in the presence, at the Congress Center of the Royal Continental Hotel in Naples, and with the direct streaming. For the purposes of CME accreditation, an asynchronous distance learning formula is provided.

Made optimistic by the success of the last 2021 edition, which saw the participation of more than 870 members, the organizers promise, thanks to the hybrid formula, to reach the widest possible audience, in absolute safety.

Slovakia

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

allow me to cordially invite you on behalf of the Slovak Society for the Study and Treatment of Pain to Joint symposium with Czech Pain Society, called XXIII. Czech – Slovak Dialogues on Pain and at the same time – XXIX. Slovak Dialogues on Pain, which will both take place in Zvolen,in Slovakia, on October 6th-8th, 2022.

The congress will deal with the application of the latest knowledge about pain in practice, Cancer Pain, Non-Cancer Pain, Palliative Medicine, Interventional Algesiology and Nursing Care in Pain Medicine. Read more here: XXIII.CESKO-SLOVENSKE DIALOGY O BOLESTI (pain.sk)

Dr. Stanislav Fabus, passed away

With a feeling of deep sadness, I would like to inform you that at the age of 86, on March 25, 2022, our dear friend and colleague Dr. Stanislav Fabus, passed away.

He stood at the birth of Slovak algesiology and palliative medicine, while day after day, month after month and year after year slowly but with a firm, precise and at the same time loving hand, he added brick by brick to the foundations of his life’s work.

Dr. Fabus was and always will remain a teacher, educator for us. He was a teacher responsible in the present, but always looking far ahead.

He raised a generation of pain specialists who, together with him, magnified and pushed our field forward, lived with us in times of success, in times of searching, but also in times of difficulties, or losses, or failures

Dr. Fabus has left his mark and is leaving in us, his colleagues – and we are glad to be able to tell our friends as well.

Thank you, Stanislav, for all the effort you have put into your fruitful life in carrying out our joint dream.

The brave and conscientious work you have contributed to our work will always be our example and encouragement.

Thank you for everything.

Honor your memory!

Sweden

Welcome to the Swedish Pain Forum 6-7 October, 2022 in Linköping.

The main theme for this year’s meeting is Translating Pain Knowledge to Practice and in addition to a rewarding program, we also want to highlight opportunities to create new contacts in pain care or deepen existing ones, socialize and give you the opportunity to become an important part of our network.

We warmly welcome you all to the Swedish Pain Forum and Linköping!

Swedish Pain Society