Background and Aims

The Irish Pain Research Network (IPRN) is a special interest group (SIG) of the Irish Pain Society. This exciting initiative aims to bring together all active pain researchers on the island of Ireland (North and South) for the purposes of sharing research results and ideas and facilitating cross-institutional collaboration in the area of pain research. The IPRN was launched formally by Professor Rolf Detlef-Treede, President of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), at the 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Pain Society on Saturday 26th September 2015.

The idea to establish the IPRN arose from the fact that while a number of academic institutions and hospitals in Ireland currently have a cluster or centre of pain researchers, there is currently no forum that brings all of these groupings together specifically for the purpose of discussing pain research and advancing collaborative pain research within Ireland. It was felt that the establishment of an all-inclusive research network would facilitate closer dialogue and collaboration between all active pain researchers based either in academic institutions, hospitals, other healthcare practices, or industry.

The first meeting and inaugural research symposium of the IPRN was held during the 2015 IPS Scientific Meeting. Researchers from the various pain research groups across the country presented short 5 minute presentations, followed by a round table discussion of collaborative opportunities and the future of IPRN.

How to Join the IPRN

If you are active in pain research within Ireland then we would like to extend a very warm invitation to you to join IPRN. The aim is to have strong representation from every major pain research grouping across the Island. Pain researchers at any level of seniority are welcome to join, and we particularly welcome students and early-career researchers. Membership of the IPS is a requirement for those who wish to join IPRN (click here to join the IPRN); all registered delegates at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the IPS will automatically become members of the IPS for the subsequent year and are therefore eligible to join IPRN if they wish).  There is no additional fee to join IPRN.

We look forward to very fruitful collaborative interactions with you as part of this exciting new pain research initiative.

If you are already an IPS member join the IPRN by completing this form:  IPS Application Form .

IPRN Committee Members