eNewsletter - Volume 3 Issue 5- July/August 2008

   July/August 2008, Volume 3, Issue 5

ICPCD Viral Video email Invitations Blast Beyond Previous Meeting Registration Numbers
In 2007, the conference management team, ROI Media Group, and Corona Productions, were able to secure 25% more registrants for the 7th ICPCD than the 6th meeting. In part, that ability to reach so many more people was a function of its state-of-the-art video viral email campaign.

Since the 2008 viral video invitations have been going out, conference web activity has been at record breaking levels. The invitation features a montage of faculty, past attendees, and Philadelphia destination footage. The response to the video has been extremely positive.

By making use of technology to promote the meeting, the association can keep expenses down and pass along the savings to attendees. Registration fees for 2008 were set as much as 35% lower than 2007 rates.

All IAPCD members are asked to help spread the word about the conference and the association by forwarding the video invitation to all of the people you know who work in the challenging areas of pain and dependency. To support this important endeavor, simply go to, click on the video invitation, and then follow the instructions for forwarding to your personal contacts.

ICPCD Call for Posters – Submission Deadline August 30, 2008
Poster submissions are still being accepted for the 8th International Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency. Attendees are international and multidisciplinary, and are interested in recent advances and innovative approaches to clinical and therapeutic challenges. Accepted posters will be of relevance to the attendees and be founded on sound and rigorous scientific principle. Review the Call for Posters Guidelines and Abstract Submission Form by clicking here.

IAPCD Member Education – Free CME/CPE
In February, several of IAPCD’s board members participated in an expert roundtable discussion in collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), along with the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Foundation, the American Pain Society, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

IAPCD members can access the three enduring materials from this program entitled "Abuse, Addiction, and Pain Relief: Time for Change," including:

  • An archived webcast featuring Herbert D. Kleber, MD; Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH; and Howard A. Heit, MD
  • A newsletter (coming in August '08)
  • A monograph (coming in September '08)

The link to the enduring materials is

Dr. M. R. Rajagopal, India’s "Father of Palliative Care," to Deliver the Marie E. Nyswander Award Lecture at the 8th International Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency
The International Conference on Pain and Chemical Dependency honors a uniquely qualified individual with the Marie E. Nyswander Award, which is given in recognition of lifetime accomplishments in advancing compassionate and humane treatment of patients suffering from pain. This year’s award will be presented to M.R. Rajagopal, MD.

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal is a professor of pain and palliative medicine at SUT Academy of Medical Sciences, Trivandrum, India, and the founder-chairman of "Pallium India," a trust working to improve access to palliative care in India. He is one of the founders of the Pain and Palliative Care Society in Calicut, India, which became a WHO demonstration project and grew to the present Institute of Palliative Medicine, with a network of over 100 palliative care centers in the state of Kerala, as well as several outside the state.

Dr. Rajagopal initiated the first university approved postgraduate diploma program in the country on pain and palliative medicine. As a result of his training programs, his state permits a large number of physicians to prescribe opioids for pain, and this has dramatically increased access to effective palliative care for patients. On a national level, he has worked tirelessly with the Pain and Policy Studies Group in Madison, Wisconsin to remove regulatory barriers to opioid prescribing, resulting in simplification of regulations in 13 of India’s 28 states.

Dr. Rajagopal is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), the International Association of Pain & Chemical Dependency (IAPCD), and the Asia Pacific Hospice Network (APHN). He chairs the Opioid Availability Committee of Indian Association of Palliative Care. Dr. Rajagopal is on the editorial board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, and the Indian Journal of Palliative Care. He has authored/edited two textbooks, several book chapters, and more than 30 publications in scientific journals.

Dr. Rajagopal will address conference attendees on October 30th at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia in the ICPCD’s opening plenary session. His lecture will describe the challenges faced and met by the palliative care community in India in delivering quality care and providing practical approaches to training and education.

Chairman's Message – Impacting Pain, Understanding Addiction: IAPCD is a Continuum of Dedicated Individuals
Those who know Dr. Rajagopal, or know of his work, will not be surprised to learn that he is the recipient of the Marie E. Nyswander Award at the ICPCD this year. If you read the preceding announcement, you will begin to understand the impact Dr. Rajagopal has made throughout his professional life in easing pain and suffering in India and how worthy a recipient of this honor he is. All who attend ICPCD in October will undoubtedly be inspired to hear Dr. Rajagopal describe the challenges and progress in providing the most basic pain treatment in India.

In recognizing Dr. Rajagopal’s receipt of this award, it is also fitting to recall the impact of the award’s namesake, Marie Nyswander, MD (1919-–1986). More than 50 years ago, Dr. Nyswander’s book, The Drug Addict as a Patient, addressed the biology of addictive diseases. At the ICPCD in October, the latest neuroscience evidence will be presented, building on the foundation her work provided. Dr. Nyswander, with her husband Dr. Vincent Dole, developed methadone maintenance for the management of heroin addiction in the 1960s at the Rockefeller University. This year the conference will offer numerous talks on methadone that will bring the latest uses and knowledge to attendees.

Members of our association are fortunate, indeed, to belong to this global community of innovators and practitioners who are all dedicated, each in their own capacity, to the safe and effective relief of pain, learning from and building on the work of our colleagues.

Corporate Members of IAPCD

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Alpharma Inc.
  • Ameritox, Ltd.
  • Cephalon, Inc.
  • Grünenthal USA Inc.
  • King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Pain Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Purdue Pharma L.P.
  • Seabrook House, Inc.
  • Neuromed Pharmaceuticals Inc.