American Pain Society Holds 31st Annual Scientific Meeting at the Hawai`i Convention Center

Attendees of the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting check in at the HCC lobby. Photo courtesy of Chuck Weber.

The American Pain Society (APS) drew more than 1,000 attendees to the Hawai`i Convention Center from May 16-19, 2012, for its 31st annual scientific meeting.  It is the first time the APS has held its annual meeting at the Hawai`i Convention Center, attracting participants from around the world, including Japan, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

The meeting offered an opportunity for pain management clinicians and researchers, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, basic scientists, pharmacists, and policy analysts, to learn more about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute pain, chronic cancer and non-cancer pain, and recurrent pain.  More than 40 in-depth workshops and plenary session talks were offered.

The meeting brought in an estimated $4.7 million in state revenue, with the Center’s hotel partners benefiting from more than 8,000 room nights.

“As the premier conference meeting for the multi-disciplinary pain care community, the American Pain Society’s annual scientific meeting enables attendees to interact with the best and the brightest in pain research and learn ways to translate scientific discoveries into clinical practice,” said APS President Seddon R. Savage, MD.  “Hawai`i has provided us with a top-notch location for our meeting.”

Headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, APS is the leading multi-disciplinary professional organization in the United States dedicated to advancing pain-related research, education, treatment, and team-oriented professional practice.  Learn more at