Bill Maixner, DDS, PhD, has been appointed to the board of directors of the European Pain School (EPS), an educational project of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the leading pain society worldwide. As director of Duke Anesthesiology’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM), and a world-renowned pain researcher, Dr. Maixner believes the CTPM will play a key role in this project which will further address the CTPM’s mission in education – to create a high-quality educational program for clinical and research professionals and the public.
The CTPM, which launched in January of 2016, represents a novel entity that is transforming the way Duke diagnoses and treats painful conditions. This new center further expands Duke’s existing clinical and research program in innovative pain therapies by bringing together, under one umbrella, leading basic scientists, clinicians and clinical researchers who have a common core mission of unraveling the causes of painful conditions to better improve patient care. A guiding principal of the CTPM, which is driving the discovery of new and innovative pain therapies, is the recognition that patients suffering from painful conditions require a multidisciplinary, multidimensional approach to diagnose the cause of a patient’s pain condition and to identify the most effective treatment. Research initiatives are underway that are rapidly unraveling the mysteries of pain.
The IASP and its chapters throughout the world provide support to emerging aspects of pain disease mechanisms resulting in the advancement of interdisciplinary programs to benefit pain patients. The mission of the EPS is to advance IASP’s vision among junior investigators interested in basic and clinical research on pain.