The Cancer Pain Research Consortium (CPRC) differentiates itself from other organizations, like medical societies, through its unique mission, goals and function. Medical societies generally seek large membership bases whose dues support the administration of the organization, and that advocate for issues publicly and at the legislative level.
Unlike medical societies, the membership of the CPRC will be charged to actively participate in the organizations initiatives. These initiatives include the following:
- Educate and set standards for healthcare providers in the best practices of cancer pain management
- Coordinate the conduct of clinical trials that evaluate and improve cancer pain control
The CPRC membership base must be able to contribute to the mission and initiatives of the organization. The term consortium, rather than society, denotes a goal-oriented, outcomes-based organization rather than a group distinguished by mutual interests.
The objectives of the Consortium and our members are to:
- educate health providers and other community stakeholders that cancer pain is an under-recognized yet avoidable health problem, and that lack of awareness or limited access deprives patients of optimal care and may impact survival;
- provide and direct research and expert opinion and to collect, aggregate and interpret all data related to the relief of cancer-related pain, and to disseminate this information as best practices;
- develop guidelines and standards of care that are evidence-based and patient-centered for all forms of distress associated with cancer-related pain, and to change these periodically as new information, problems and therapies emerge;
- educate and enlighten our society in hopes of overcoming the existing barriers to care, and to ensure access to appropriate cancer pain care regardless of financial or geographical situation;
- abolish fear of cancer-related pain for future generations, similar to the contemporary standards of care and best practices for labor pain relief and postoperative analgesia.
As an interdisciplinary consortium, we will accomplish this through our caring, commitment, inquiry, and the exchange of knowledge, for the benefit of our patients, their families, and all cancer sufferers and survivors.
$250 Full Members
All memberships are subject to approval of the Board of Directors.
The Cancer Pain Research Consortium (CPRC) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that generates and promotes interdisciplinary, patient-centered research to support the evidence-based care of cancer-related pain and suffering.
All committee chairs and members shall serve for one-year term and can be reappointed. The committees shall update the board of all actions made at the annual conference and the mid-year meeting. These updates can be given by providing a written report to the board or the board member serving on the committee may provide the updates in person at the meeting.
There are nine (9) standing committees whose members are appointed by the executive committee. The members of the executive committee are determined by those members that are elected into the board positions represented on the committee.
The Research Committee shall include at least one board member and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It has the power to determine policy for collaboration, research strategic planning, determine consensus statements, best practices, research mentoring and project development/networking.
The Membership Committee shall include at least one board member and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It shall has the power to determine membership engagement, retention, board development, and recruitment.
The Meeting Planning Committee shall include at least two board members and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It has the duty to aid the development of the annual meeting, to work with event partners, and to establish and maintain local chapters of the Consortium.
The Publication Committee shall include at least one board member and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It has the power to create and maintain a newsletter, develop journals, create and maintain publication policies and edit and distribute the Patient Resource Guide.
The Education Committee shall include at least one board member and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It shall have the power to develop and conduct various training labs and courses. It may also assist the Meeting Planning Committee with the development of the agenda for the annual conference.
The Finance Committee shall include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It shall prepare the annual budget for approval by the board, monitor current bank statements, conduct financial forecasting and assist with any audit preparation.
The Strategic Organizational Development/Bylaws Committee shall include one board member, the executive director and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It shall has the power to propose a strategic organization plan that will be assessed and revised annually at the mid-year meeting of the board and maintain any changes and updates to the bylaws as needed.
The Fundraising and Outreach Committee shall include at least one board member or past president, the executive director and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It shall has the power to fundraise on behalf of the Consortium, develop and maintain a donor list, develop sponsors for the annual meeting in accordance with applicable rules and requirements, and is responsible for donor appreciation.
This committee shall also create connections to other foundations, scientific organizations, medical specialty groups, funding agencies, policy leaders, hospitals and academic centers.
The Early Career Development Committee shall include at least one board member, a fellow/post doc member and those members appointed to serve on the committee.
It has the power to maintain outreach to Program Directors/academic programs, provide practice placement/career development and maintain the early career components of the website in coordination with the Publications Committee.
Download the CPRC Membership Application at the top of the page. Complete the form and return it, along with the Application Fee, to the address provided.
All memberships are subject to approval of the Board of Directors.
Each full member shall have the right to vote on any and all matters presented to them for decisions, be eligible to hold office, and chair or serve on committees. If the member cannot be present at the annual meeting, each member shall be eligible to appoint one voting representative to cast the member’s vote in Consortium elections by executing a written proxy.