Dear ISSP Members,

At the outset, I thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to serve Indian Society for Study of Pain as honorary President.

In the last 34 years, ISSP has grown by leaps and bounds under the stewardship of many of our senior colleagues working tirelessly and I thank them for their valuable guidance.I am fortunate to have a very enthusiastic team of office bearers and governing council members to assist me in discharging my duties towards our association.

International Association for Study of Pain has declared Global Year2019 for fighting Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable on the following vulnerable populations:
 Pain in older persons (including pain in dementia)
 Pain in infants and young children
 Pain in individuals with cognitive impairments (non dementia-related) or psychiatric disorders
 Pain in survivors of torture
I exhort all our members to practice and create awareness for pain relief in general and in vulnerable population in particular.

We will continue with ongoing projects started by earlier GC regarding formation of protocols guidelines, establishing use of uniform nomenclature of procedures and take them to completion.

This year our new endeavour will be to work on getting pain relief procedures done on day-care and inpatient basis, included and compensated by insurance. I believe that bringing these procedures in mainstream for therapy would establish Pain management as a specialty.

Reiterating our vision for Working together for pain relief throughout India!

Dr. Madhuri Lokapur
Indian Society for Study of Pain