International Research Foundation for RSD / CRPS

Thanks to those of you who joined us for our live Internet video program

on RSD / CRPS held on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida on August 6 at 12 noon (EDT), 2003.

This international symposium was titled

“Use of Opioids (Narcotics) to Treat
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD / CRPS) in Adults and Children”


The event was free and it was hosted by International Research Foundation

for RSD / CRPS with a web site located on campus.

Free Video

A downloadable video of this symposium is available for viewing. Please click here for either low bandwidth (for dial-up connections) or for broadband (for high speed connections).

The University of South Florida is working on the post-production version of the
symposium in five languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese).

The Foundation also has a 2-hour VHS videotape available
of the live symposium for a donation of $100.

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The videotape is available at or

phone 813 907-2312 in the USA


Conference Information

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also known as RSD, is a chronic, painful, debilitating neurological condition which affects millions of people here in this country and around the world. In a first, USF’s College of Medicine engaged pain experts in Japan, Germany, Sweden as well as in the US in a live discussion over the Internet on the treatment of this syndrome. The symposium focused on the use of opioids (narcotics) to treat RSD in both adults and children and was witnessed by a worldwide audience composed of physicians, researchers, and health professionals through the use of a new Internet technology known as Netcast.

The international panel of pain experts represent the fields of neurology, anesthesiology and psychiatry:

      • Dr. Ralph-Thomas Kiefer. Anesthesiologist from Eberhard-Karls University Medical School (Tuebingen, Germany)
      • Dr. Stephen M. Butler, Anesthesiologist from Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden)
      • Dr. Robert Schwartzman, Neurologist from MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
      • Dr. Maria Wilson (USF Neurology)
      • Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick (USF, Dept. Internal Medicine)
      • Dr. Alyssa LeBel. Anesthesiologist from Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts)
      • Dr. Sabine Kost-Byerly, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)
      • Dr. Seddon Savage. Anesthesiologist from Dartmouth Medical School (Manchester, New Hampshire)
      • Dr. Martha Brown. Psychiatrist (USF)


The International Research Foundation for RSD / CRPS is a
501(c)(3) (not-for-profit) organization in the United States of America.

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