Asociatia Romana pentru Studiul Durerii

Romanian Association for the Study of Pain - R.A.S.P.


The Romanian Association for the Study of Pain was founded in 1990 and is a non-profit, non-govern a mental organization uniting those people in Romania who are willing to study and teach in the field of pain man a gement (research as well as therapy) .

RASP is affiliated to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and to the European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain (EFIC). 

Our mission is to promote all activities related to pain therapy, addressing all barriers identified in Romania: Medical barriers – Patient barriers – Health Care System barriers


  • To promote and encourage pain study, research and therapy
  • To train the scientific personnel in order to achieve better results in pain study
  • To organize and support a dedicated center for storing, processing and broadcasting pain related information
  • To encourage the development of a pain centers network throughout the country
  • To organize specialized congresses, symposiums and meetings
  • To publish newsletters in the field of pain
  • To exchange scientific information with different pain associations around the globe
  • To support and promote the patients' interests


President: Elena Copaciu, MD PhD

Honorary President: Lucian Sandu, MD PhD

Former president: Adriana Sarah Nica, MD PhD

Vice president: Virgil Dinca, MD PhD

Secretary: Cristina Tudor, MD

Treasurer: Iulian Hainarosie, MD

EFIC Councillor: Adriana Sarah Nica, MD PhD


  • 4 numbers per year
  • Over 1000 readers
  • CME credits for readers


Public Health Ministry and Bucharest University Hospital organize the Postuniversitary Training Program for Pain Therapy. The training program was started in 2003 and included five series of courses during the last 3 years, each with three modules.

Objective: Participants' apprehension of the acute and chronic pain theory and practice, with the purpose of practicing it as an extra qualification, both for private and organized use.

Training program: acute and chronic pain physiology, pain evaluation, pain differential diagnosis, strategy for pain therapy (pharmacological, regional anesthesia techniques, TENS, PENS, acupuncture)

Continuing Medical Education credits


Development of RASP guidelines on acute, chronic and neuropathic pain management: Acute pain management guidelines – PRO - PAINCONTROL project (Romanian programme of acute pain management - starting july 2006 - RASP and SRATI joint project); Neuropathic pain management guidelines to be issued september 2006; Chronic pain management guidelines - end 2006; Neoplasic pain guidelines - end 2007.


  • Developing pain centers for pain therapy
  • Attracting new ARSD members
  • Promoting pain-related events – interdisciplinary meetings
  • International events on certain profile of pain patology
  • Exchange of newsletters and scientific information with other pain associations
  • Dedicated forum for discussing with patients.