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 May 09, 2012
Hawai'i Convention Center Hosts American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting

 The American Pain Society (APS) will bring 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, drawing participation from around the world, including Japan, Australia, Canada and Europe.

The meeting will offer 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 will be offered to enhance research or clinical skills pertinent to the management of pain.

The meeting will bring more than $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."

The meeting will feature two author-attended poster sessions. Chosen from a large number of submissions, the more than 400 selected posters will present the best innovations and research in the study and treatment of pain.

"We are proud to welcome the American Pain Society annual scientific meeting to Hawai'i," said Joe Davis, SMG general manager of the Hawai'i Convention Center. "This meeting is one of three medical gatherings to be held at the Center this year, including the American Association of Orthodontists annual meeting in May, and the American Medical Association interim meeting in November."

"The Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) would like to welcome the American Pain Society (APS) to Hawai'i for its 31st annual scientific meeting at the Hawai'i Convention Center. We are honored to be chosen as the forum to host this event for the first time," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO, Hawai'i Tourism Authority. "With attendees from around the world, the HTA hopes to gain global exposure for our islands and continues to work with the Center and Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) to draw gatherings like APS, helping to continue the growth in our meetings, conventions and incentives market."

Headquartered in Glenview, Ill., 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. APS was founded in 1978 with 510 charter members, and today has approximately 2,500 members.