Connecting people living with pain, clinicians, and researchers
2-23 November, 2021   |   Virtual


The purpose of the UPLiFT Conference is to connect people across disciplines and pain conditions to further the equitable integration of the lived experience of pain into all aspects of pain research, education, advocacy, and treatment. UPLiFT will share ways people living with pain can take charge of their own health through supported self-management, as well as connect them to valuable education, resources, and skills in pain advocacy, research partnerships, and the science of pain in ways that are accessible and without jargon. UPLiFT will also connect people living with pain, clinicians, and researchers who are interested in partnering together in research and clinical care with best practices, resources, and support.

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The Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy (GAPPA) brings together patient advocates, patient organizations, scientists, clinicians, health care providers, and policymakers to create better outcomes in the awareness, understanding, research, teaching, assessment, and management of pain throughout the world. As an IASP initiative, GAPPA includes pain patient advocates, people living with pain, and those who care for people in pain, as well as pain researchers and clinicians often drawn from IASP's membership.



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9 June:
Call for Submissions opens

30 July: Call for Submissions closes

October: Program available online and registration opens

2 November: First day of conference

23 November: Conference closing session

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Spread the word! Downloadable UPLiFT Conference Flyer Now Available

Monday, 25 October, 2021

Promote the UPLiFT conference with this free, downloadable flyer from IASP’s Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy. Download flyer now. The purpose of the…

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UPLiFT Panel Features National Pain Advocacy Center (NPAC) Founder and President

Monday, 1 November, 2021

Kate Nicholson, president of the National Pain Advocacy Center and civil rights attorney, will be presenting at the UPLiFT Conference on November 9th, 2021. The…

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Presenters at UPLiFT Work Together to Put Patients First

Friday, 29 October, 2021

Dr. Beth Darnall is an associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. She has a background in…

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Dr. Frances Cole Takes Creative Approach to Living with Pain

Wednesday, 20 October, 2021

Dr. Frances Cole is a General Practitioner working in primary care with a postgraduate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a member of the Royal College…

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Get UPLiFTED! Bonfire Campaign Kicks Off at UPLiFT

Tuesday, 2 November, 2021

Want to help connect people living with pain, researchers, and clinicians while also wearing merch from the UPLiFT conference? Now’s your chance to support our…

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UPLiFT Attendees Encouraged to Submit Proposals

Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Your experience matters. Your voice matters. That’s why we encourage you to submit a proposal for a topical workshop at the 2022 World Congress on…

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The UPLiFT Conference is produced by GAPPA and IASP and we would like to thank those who have helped us in the ideation process

Would you like to partner with us? There are a variety of opportunities available at all levels. Contact Jeanette Gass at jeanette.gass@iasp-pain.org for partner and support information.


Connecting people living with pain, clinicians, and researchers
2-23 NOVEMBER, 2021   l   VIRTUAL