We are proud to announce the biennial 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 will take place every other year during the IASP meeting.


The first event will be held in Toronto on September 21, 2022 at the Berkeley Fieldhouse. We will honor Perez's memory, and feature a promising researcher who has exhibited outstanding research on CRPS. There will be a reception immediately following the lecture.


The deadline for nominations for this lectureship has been extended to June 1, 2022.


This opportunity is intended for early to mid-career researchers with a research emphasis in CRPS. In a 45-minute lecture, the researcher will present his/her CRPS work and relevant work in their lab, and will receive a $500 honorarium.


Nominations will be accepted from active members of the International Research Consortium for CRPS who are in good standing or other mentors in the field.


The lecturer chosen by the Board of the IRC for CRPS will be:

  • An active CRPS researcher

  • Willing to travel to Toronto for the event

  • Prepared to present a 45-minute lecture in english on their current CRPS work


To nominate a researcher for this lectureship, please send an email to with:


  1. A brief letter from you as to why we should consider this nominee.

  2. A recommendation letter from the person’s mentor/lab chief (who of course may be that same as #1)

  3. The nominee’s Curriculum Vitae.

  4. A brief abstract of the nominee’s proposed lecture.

To attend the event, please email



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.