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Pain SIG Update
Brent Van Dorsten, PhD, Pain SIG Chair
The SBM Pain Special Interest Group (SIG) is an interdisciplinary group of approximately 150 members, making it the eighth largest SBM SIG. The Pain SIG is comprised of clinicians, researchers, educators and program administrators, and provides multiple opportunities for collegial interaction and professional presentation involvement by trainees at all levels. At the 2010 annual meeting in Seattle, WA, a wide variety of well attended conference symposia highlighted recent advances in pain research and emphasized the interdisciplinary challenges in pain management. Universally recognized pain expert and the 2009-2010 SBM President, Francis J. Keefe, PhD, represented this topic well during his opening keynote and presidential address titled Behavioral Medicine: A Voyage to the Future. Other topics addressed in pain-related presentations included: investigating the effect of virtual reality interventions for burn pain (Hunter Hoffman, PhD, Chair); ethnic discrepancies in management of cancer pain (Kevin D. Stein, PhD, Chair); translation of predisposition data to treatment (Martin D. Cheatle, PhD, Chair); and, innovative treatment approaches for chronic pain (Robert Motl, PhD, Chair). A very popular symposium entitled Pain Management in the Primary Care Setting conducted by Martin D. Cheatle, PhD, Dennis C. Turk, PhD, and Robert D. Kerns, PhD, highlighted research and clinical issues in the management of pain in interdisciplinary settings.
Other Pain SIG activities at the annual meeting included the Pain SIG Business meeting and the Pain "Data Blitz." At the Business Meeting, members discussed the pending development of an administrative board structure to govern the SIG's future activities, as well as the logistics of pursuing the SIG's first pre-convention continuing education workshop prior to the 2011 Washington, DC Annual Meeting. The Pain SIG "data blitz" was again very popular and well attended. This data blitz is intended to provide an opportunity for SIG members to present research, clinical, or program projects for peer review and comment. The Student Research Award for outstanding student pain presentation is given during the SIG data blitz. This year, the award was presented to Sheeva Mostoufi, BA, San Diego State University/UCSD for her research entitled C-Reactive Protein and Pain Sensitivity: Preliminary Findings for Female Twins.
The breadth and depth of our members' research is reflected in the sample of activities listed below: