Dear members of the Swiss Pain Society!
It is a great pleasure for me to be able to address a few words to you in my function as President of our Society. I would like to thank all of you for the trust you have placed in me as President of the Society to guide its destiny for another three years (2020 – 2023).
I would like to take this opportunity to explain the distribution of responsibilities, provide important information from the last General Assembly and answer frequently asked questions.
In this sense I hope to receive suggestions and close contacts with our members in the future.
PD Dr. med. Konrad Maurer
SPS President (2017 – 2023)
SPS responsible for member management
Dr Nicolas Mariotti
examines together with the SPS Board all membership applications and acts as an intermediary between the members and the SPS Board.
Applications to: info(a)swisspainsociety.ch
Become a member
List of members
Advantages of a SPS membership
- Possibility to acquire the title “SPS Schmerzspezialist ®” (SPS Pain Specialist)
- Reduced participation fees at the SPS annual congresses and other events
- Free participation in the SPS Brunches
- Free subscription to the electronic edition of «Der Schmerz», or «Douleur et Analgésie», and access to the online version of the «European Journal of Pain»
- Multidisciplinary exchange/contacts at regional and national level
- Updated information in the field of pain, as well as notes on congresses and symposia
- Active participation in Special Interest Groups on the topic of pain
Membership fee 2021
CHF 200 for doctors
CHF 150 for other professionals
CHF 50 for trainees
The annual membership fee is determined by the General Assembly.
Honorary members, corresponding and full members in retirement (retired) are exempt from the obligation to pay membership fees.
The membership fee is due in the year of admission.
Responsibilities within the Management Board
As treasurer, Andreas Gantenbein will keep track of the financial situation of our society. Andreas is head physician in neurology at the RehaClinic Bad Zurzach and past president of the Swiss Headache Society.
Nicolas Mariotti has again made himself available for this task. He will continue to be responsible for all questions regarding SPS membership as well as application and recertification of the title “SPS Pain Specialist ®”.
The SPS committee has come to the conclusion that the Communication Department should be assigned to the President of the Society. Therefore, I, Konrad Maurer, will assume responsibility for all President Corner articles, newsletter content, and external communications with individuals and journals, as well as our social media platforms.
For all concerns regarding the Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Thomas Benz will continue to serve as the contact person. Thomas has been the Technical Director of Continuing Education and Services Physical Therapy at the ZHAW in Winterthur since 2020.
Department of Further Education and Training
As our Past-President André Ljutow wants to enjoy his well-deserved retirement soon, he will take over the department of Continuing Education and Training for the next year in co-responsibility with Sven Brockmüller. André and Sven both work at the Center for Pain Medicine in Nottwil. André as head of the center and Sven as head of psychiatric-psychological pain medicine. Among other things, André and Sven will have the task this year of implementing our 50h/30h concept and restructuring our long-standing pain course.
For the organization and coordination of our congresses, Marc Suter, president-elect and head of pain therapy at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), has once again agreed to take on the task.
Beat Steiger remains with us in the task of managing our website and our member database, as well as supporting our secretariat in other tasks related to IT and Internet. Beat is a pain psychologist at the Center for Dental Medicine in Zurich.
Ressort Task Force
The department Task Force deals with current professional and political topics that are of interest to the members and in which we as a society want to get involved (e.g. new IDC-11 diagnostic criteria, opiodia problem, cannabis hype, etc.). I am responsible for leading this department as President of the Society.
Liaison with our international sister organizations
Our new board member, Chantal Berna Renella has agreed to become Swiss Councillor of EFIC. Chantal is a professor and senior physician at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV). In my role as President, I am responsible for representing the SPS at the IASP.