WHO Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care


The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG), within the Carbone Cancer Center of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has housed a WHO Collaborating Center (WHOCC) since 1996.

The WHOCC for Pain Policy and Palliative Care does not receive direct or indirect funding from industry or industry-related institutions.

The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the WHO Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care are as follows:

  • TOR 1: Collaborate jointly and give technical assistance to units of the WHO (including Noncommunicable
    diseases and the Essential Medicines and Health Products Programmes) to promote palliative care
    and opioid availability, consistent with WHA Palliative Care Resolution 67.19
  • TOR 2: To provide technical assistance, consistent with WHA Palliative care Resolution 67.19 to national
    Governments, NGOs and individuals.
  • TOR 3: Develop methods to monitor and study national and international trends and policies related to the
    medical use of opioid medications, as well as methods to monitor trends on abuse and diversion of prescription opioids.
  • TOR 4: Work with Surveillance and Population-based Prevention Unit of the Prevention of  Noncommunicable Diseases Department at WHO.

Center Staff Members:

James Cleary, MD, FRCAP, FAChPM

David Joranson, MSSW
Founder, Distinguished Scientist

Martha Maurer, MSSW, MPH, PhD
Policy Program Manager & Researcher

Aaron Gilson, MS, MSSW, PhD
Research Program Manager

Marty Skemp Brown, MBA-HCA
Administrative Program Manager & Policy Analyst

Asra Husain, JD, MA
Policy & Legal Analyst

Barbara Hastie, MA, PhD
Researcher & Policy Analyst


Links to other WHO Collaborating Centres that address Pain Relief or Palliative Care within their Terms of Reference