Early Career Award

Early Career Award in Pediatric Pain
(formerly called Young Investigator Award)

This award honors an individual who has shown outstanding achievements in pediatric pain research within 12 years since starting their postgraduate research career (beginning of their PhD or last postgraduate research degree). Researchers from all disciplines/specialties who are contributing to the field of pediatric pain, and from all geographic regions, are eligible for nomination.


Call for nominations for the 2023 Early Career Award in Paediatric Pain are now open! 

The Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood, International Association for the Study of Pain, is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for its Early Career Award in Paediatric Pain. The prize is awarded at each International Symposium on Paediatric Pain (ISPP).

Application/nomination deadline: 6th February 2023
The 2023 Early Career Award recipient will be notified at the beginning of March 2023.

The recipient will be honoured at the 14th International Symposium on Paediatric Pain, by presenting a plenary lecture and receiving:

      • Free registration at ISPP 2023
      • A cash prize of USD 1500
      • Hotel and flights subsistence


      • Individuals who have shown outstanding achievements in paediatric pain research since the beginning of their last postgraduate research career (e.g. beginning of their PhD)
      • Individuals who are within twelve (12) years of active research from starting their PhD or last postgraduate research degree (The twelve-year period starts with formal commencement of that degree and must end after the application/nomination deadline, prolonged leaves for maternity or other reasons will be discounted)
      • Individuals must be member of the IASP SIG Pain in Childhood
      • Consideration is given to those who have taken time out early in their career due to family commitments, illness or for other reasons.
      • Nominations are welcomed from researchers from all disciplines/specialties who are contributing to the field of paediatric pain, and from all geographic regions.
      • Researchers may nominate themselves.

Nominations should include the following:

      • A cover letter from the nominee stating their three most outstanding scholarly contributions in paediatric pain describing the (i) originality, (ii) significance/impact and (iii) rigour of the work. Maximum length 1500 words.
      • A completed Application/Nomination Form, which can be found at the following link: 2023 Application Early Career award – application form.
      • One letter of support from another person (e.g., a senior colleague or Head of Department)
      • A copy of the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, listing all publications with a brief notation of the nominee’s personal contribution under each one

NOTE: Nominations and all supporting documentation must be submitted in English. Nominations are to be in electronic form only, preferably compiled in a single PDF.
Nominations should be sent by email to the chair of the Paediatric Pain SIG Award Committee, Dr. Lorenzo Fabrizi: l.fabrizi@ucl.ac.uk.
The e-mail submission should indicate in the subject of the email “Nomination for Early Career Award.”
Nominees will receive an email confirming receipt of the application. If the application is not acknowledged within 7 days please check to make sure that it was received.
Nominations must be received no later than 6th February 2023. Late nominations cannot be considered.

Review process: Nominations will be reviewed by members of the SIG Award Committee who will make a recommendation to the SIG Council. The recipient of the SIG Award will be notified at the beginning of March 2023. The recipient will have one week to accept the award, confirming that she or he will attend and present a plenary lecture at the 14th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, 1-4 October, 2023.


Past awardees

2022 Winner: Line Caes
Dr. Caes completed her PhD, focused on understanding parental responses towards child pain, at Ghent University, Belgium and undertook her postdoctoral training at the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, Canada. She was a lecturer at NUI Galway, Ireland, before taking up her current lectureship at the Division of Psychology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling. Dr Caes’ research interests concern the social context of acute and chronic paediatric pain experiences. Her research aims to further our understanding of the bidirectional influence between parents and children during painful experiences. Dr Caes is particularly interested in how these bidirectional influences change throughout childhood development, i.e. from pre-school age to young adulthood. She is also passionate about ensuring that our knowledge on the role of social factors in explaining child pain experiences translates into better treatment opportunities for families of a child with chronic pain.

Previous Early Career Award recipients

2019 Tine Vervoort
2017 Laura Simons
2015 Jennifer Stinson
2013 Liesbet Goubert

Young Investigator Award recipients

2010 Suellen Walker
2006 Anna Taddio
2003 Christine Chambers
2000 Bonnie Stevens
1997 Klaus Olkkola
1994 KJS Anand