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|8th Annual Scientific Meeting, 1997. L-R: Pongparadee Chandakshetrin (Scientific Coordinator, IASP Thai Chapter); Michael Sham (delegate from Hong Kong); Donald Manning (guest speaker from USA); Someri Pausannasdi (Honorary President); Warapom Waikakul (Secretary/Treasurer); Staporn Leelanunitakit (President); Husni Tanra (delegate from Indonesia)|
In 1976, Dr. Salard Tapawong, Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology of Siriraj Hospital, established an Acupuncture Unit at that hospital. In 1989, a group of medical personnel set up a multidisciplinary pain committee at the Ramathibudi Medical School Hospital and held monthly pain conferences. The IASP Thai Chapter [later then Thai Pain Society and now Thai Association for the Study of Pain] was launched after the 1990 pain workshop on Principles of Pain Diagnosis and Management by Michael Cousins (then IASP President) and John Loeser.
Since then, the Thai Chapter’s activities have included: scientific meetings; a collaboration with Mahidol University to set up a cancer pain treatment protocol (1991); a workshop on cancer pain and morphine (1991); quarterly meetings in Bangkok and nationwide lecture tours (since 1992); and the establishment of the quarterly Pain News newsletter (1990). At present, the Chapter counts more than 620 member in various specialties.
Extracted and updated from a report by Staporn Leelanunitakit (President, IASP Thai Chapter, 1999)
|“Pain Management” lecture tour to the Big Hospital in each region of Thailand. L-R: IASP Thai Chapter Vice President; Honorary President; 4 officers from the Ministry of Public Health; Scientific Coordinator; President; Secretary/Treasurer|
|12th Annual Scientific Meeting|
Chapter Exhibit Panel (PDF version) 9th World Congress on Pain (Vienna, 1999)
IASP Thailand Chapter information (mailing address, officers, meetings, journal, etc.)
IASP Thailand Chapter homepage
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John C. Liebeskind History of Pain Collection
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