Thursday, September 11, 2008

Medical Specialists Meet to Assess the Past, Present and Future of Urogenital Pain

Organized by the Pain of Urological Origin (PUGO) special interest group of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Glasgow, Scotland, August 15-16, 2008.

PUGO held a 2 day meeting in Scotland prior to the IASP 12th World Congress on Pain to consider the past, present and future of urogenital pain. The aim was to outline current practice and have a look at what the future may hold. Speakers from North America and Europe gave invited lectures, and interactive sessions with all meeting attendees were interspersed throughout the proceedings leading to very lively discussions. The organizing committee included: Andrew Baranowski from London, John Hughes from Middlesbrough, UK, Beverly Collett from Leicester, UK, Ursula Wesselmann from Birmingham, Alabama, Leroy Nyberg from Bethesda, MD, Richard Berger from Seattle, Curtis Nickel from Kingston, Ontario, and Paul Abrams from Bristol, UK. The meeting was attended by a broad range of specialists in pain medicine, anesthesiology, psychology, neurology, neurosurgery, urology, gynecology, physical therapy, and internal medicine. Patient advocates were also enthusiastic participants. Many excellent presentations were given, and this report can only highlight selected ones. The proceedings will be synthesized by the organizing committee and faculty and a formal publication is planned.

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