The SIG is a Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain®, the world’s largest multidisciplinary organization focused specifically on pain research and treatment. 


The main event sponsored by the SIG is the biannual International Symposium on Pediatric Pain. The International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (ISPP) is the premier international, interdisciplinary conference on pain in infants, children, and adolescents. More information on ISPP and past ISPP events can be found here.

The objectives of the Pain in Childhood SIG are to

        • promote education about pain in children,
        • share relevant information about children’s pain control,
        • advance our ability to alleviate children’s pain from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, and
        • encourage research, particularly multicenter studies, and studies which focus on unique problems of pediatrics, including newborns.

Image at left: One of the prize winners in the 2017 drawing contest sponsored by the Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain (APED). This contest has been active since 2005, giving recognition to drawings by hospitalized children that reflect their personal perspectives on pain. João, age 7 years, has undergone several surgical interventions to correct a congenital malformation. His drawing represents the pain of venous access. (“A minha dor” = my pain.)




The new bylaws, effective from 1 January 2018 can be found here.