The collection documents the founding and brief active history of the International Pain Foundation (IPF) through incorporation,
organization, and management files; publicity; newsletter mock-ups; financial and accounting reports; fundraising correspondence;
and proposals for research and education projects.
In 1985, the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) voted to create a non-profit foundation.
The International Pain Foundation (IPF) was incorporated in Washington, D.C. on 15 August 1986 and headquartered in Seattle,
Washington, with bylaws linking it closely to the IASP. It was a nonprofit, charitable and educational organization, with
the primary goal to support public and professional education about pain disorders and their treatment. the IPF's motto, expressed
in a 1987 editorial in the journal, Pain, was "Meeting a need for education in pain management". Its objectives and activities
included supporting fellowships for training of research scientists and clinicians, funding visiting professorships, preparing
educational materials for health professionals and scientists and for the general public, and sponsoring research and conferences
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