16th World Congress on Pain

The World Congress on Pain is the premier conference devoted to pain research and treatment. In 2016, the world’s top researchers and clinicians will meet in Yokohama, just one-half hour outside Tokyo.

The World Congress provides state-of-the-art learning opportunities on a wide array of topics in pain research and treatment. Thousands of the world’s leading experts will share their thoughts, research, and findings. Whether you are a trainee entering the field, a clinician interested in updating your knowledge, or a researcher focused on breakthrough results, you will discover new information and colleagues at the World Congress on Pain.


Program Spotlight

Dr. Stephen McMahon honored with the John J. Bonica Award

The John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture Award honors the founder of IASP and is presented at each World Congress on Pain to a person who has made a major contribution to pain research or pain therapy. 

Dr. McMahon is Sherrington Professor of Physiology at King’s College London, and Director of the London Pain Consortium. He works to understand pain mechanisms using techniques ranging from molecular biology to electrophysiology to human psychophysical studies. He has a longstanding interest in the role and potential therapeutic applications of trophic factors. His current research is focused on neuroimmune interactions and the genetics and epigenetics of pain.

He is director of the London Pain Consortium, a collection of researchers in London and Oxford working to better understand chronic pain mechanisms and improve treatments. He is also the academic leader of Europain, a collaboration of scientists in academia and industry that is funded by the European Union’s Innovative Medicines Initiative. He serves as editor of Wall and Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, 5th edition and 6th edition. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.