These grants are offered in honor of 

Robert G. Addison, MD and E. Richard Blonsky, MD. 

Dr. Addison was a founding member of the MPS. He was also the first president of the society and served on multiple committees those early years. The consensus of an informal survey of past MPS presidents was that the MPS would not have become as successful as it is today had he not played such a pivotal role in the 1970s (see MPS Update, June 2005). In addition to his work with the MPS, during his active years as a clinician, Dr. Addison initially practiced as a very busy orthopedic surgeon and later served chronic pain sufferers as founder and Director of the Center for Pain Studies at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). He also was elected president of the American Pain Society (APS) and the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). He served on numerous committees of these organizations, the IASP, and similar societies. The pain community lost a long-standing leader and advocate with Dr. Addison’s passing in 2011.

Dr. Blonsky was also a past president of MPS. He was passed the MPS torch, and his passion for the small but growing society helped advance it for over two decades. Many times he was not listed as a member of a particular committee, yet he did as much or more work as many committee members to ensure a top-rated meeting. People take volunteer positions for many reasons. Dr. Blonsky volunteered solely to advance the mission of the MPS.  He was also a past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) and served on committees of several pain and neurological organizations. He was Director of Pain Studies at the RIC for seven years and he directed the Pain & Rehabilitation Clinic of Chicago (PRCC) beginning in 1993. He held the rank of Clinical Professor of Neurology at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University until his passing in late 2009.


The Midwest Pain Society is now accepting new Grant Applications. 



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Your generous donation will directly support MPS® research grants and pain education initiatives that further our mission and vision. 

*Note, unless otherwise specified by you as the donor, a minimum of 50% of your donation will support MPS research grants.