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We are proud to host the bienniel Tribute and Lectureship Program in honor of our good friend and most excellent colleague Professor Roberto Perez, an extraordinary researcher on complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Co-sponsored by the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association of America and the CRPS Special Interest group of the IASP, this event takes place every other year during the IASP World Congress on Pain.

The next event will be held on August 7, 2024, at 7pm, in Amsterdam during the IASP Congress for Pain.


We will honor Perez's memory, and feature a lecture by a promising researcher who has conducted outstanding research in CRPS. There will be a cocktail reception immediately following the lecture. Professor Roberto Perez was a leader in CRPS research.


Space is limited and this is an invite-only event. RSVP is required and . To be considered to attend, please email

Request for applications for the Perez Lectureship is now closed. The next opportunity will be in 2026.



Professor Roberto Perez was a leader in CRPS research. A physiotherapist by profession, he was Professor of Pain and Pain Therapy Research at VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam. At the time of his death in 2017, he was the Chair of the IASP Special Interest Group for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Secretary for the International Research Consortium for CRPS. His clinical and research interests were focused on Palliative Care and CRPS, and he contributed a remarkable amount to both fields. Roberto was an exceptional clinical academic in so many ways. Dr. Perez was a lead contributor within The Netherlands, TReND (Trauma Related Neuronal Dysfunction) Consortium, one of the most productive collaborations to date in the world of CRPS research. Read a tribute to Dr. Perez by one of the IRC's Board Members, Candy McCabe.

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