Pain research at McGill University is conducted at the AECRP (Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain). The Centre comprises researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Science. Its main goal is to bring together the McGill community of basic and clinical pain researchers to promote research that will result in cures for chronic pain. Through activities and international collaborations, the Centre focuses on new discoveries and their clinical applications that will improve the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.
Pain Research at McGill:
What we do and why we do it
QPRN Pilot Project Grant 2018
Congratulations to Terry on having his project, Synthesis and testing of topical analgesic drug-drug salts and co-crystals in animal models of CRPS and neuropathic pain, funded by the QPRN Pilot Project program.
QPRN Pilot Project Grant 2018
Congratulations to Philippe on having his project, Optogenetically driven fMRI of brain signatures evoked by selective activation of C-fibers, funded by the QPRN Pilot Project program.
2019 Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain
Awarded annually by the American Pain Society to recognize outstanding contributions highlighting dedication or innovation in education in the field of pain. [link
Cover illustration of Pain for November 2018
Stephanie Mouchbahani-Constance et al. - Lab of Reza Sharif-Naeini
Congratulations to Stephanie and colleagues from Reza Sharif-Naeini's lab on having their research report -- Lionfish venom elicits pain predominantly through the activation of nonpeptidergic nociceptors -- selected as the cover illustration for Pain [link
Appointment as Member of the Order of Canada
Gilles Lavigne, associate member of the Centre, for his breakthrough research as a dentist and neuroscientist who has fostered a greater understanding of the interactions between pain and sleep disorders. [link
Ronald Melzack - Canadian Journal of Pain 2017 Paper of the Year Award
M. Gabrielle Page, E. Manolo Romero Escobar, Mark A Ware & Manon Choiniere
Selected as the Best Paper of the Year from all of those published by the Canadian Journal of Pain in 2017. [link
Dr. Claudio Cuello elected as a Fellow of the British Academy of Medical Sciences
Dr. Claudio Cuello, Professor and inaugural Charles E. is among a group of 48 leading biomedical and health scientists whose work is being recognized with election to the prestigious British Academy of Medical Sciences, announced on May 10 [link
The Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation is pleased to announce the Recipients of the Grants in Chronic Pain Research, PhD Fellowships, and the Melzack and Bushnell Fellowships for the year 2018.
Congratulations to the recipients!
Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation Grants in Chronic Pain Research 2018
Dr. Reza Sharif-Naeini, Dr. Philippe Seguela, Dr. Terence Coderre and Dr. Yoram Shir
Ronald Melzack Fellowship in Chronic Pain Research 2018
Edwards PhD. Studentships in Pain Research 2018
Quentin Devaux and Thomas Deluc
FRSQ Chercheur Boursier
Catherine Ferland, Arkady Khoutorsky, Marc O Martel and Reza Sharif-Naeini
Congratulations to Catherine, Arkady, Marc O and Reza on their recent Chercheur Boursier Salary Awards! [link
Martel MO, Petersen K, Cornelius M, Arendt-Nielsen L, Edwards R. Endogenous pain modulation profiles among individuals with chronic pain: Relation to opioid use. J Pain. 2018 Oct 29. pii: S1526-5900(18)30759-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2018.10.004.
Hochberg U, Ojeda A, Brill S, Perez J An internet based survey to assess clinicians' knowledge and attitudes towards opioid induced hypogonadism. Pain Pract. 2018 Sep 30. doi: 10.1111/papr.12731.
James G, Millecamps M, Stone LS, Hodges PW.Dysregulation of the Inflammatory Mediators in the Multifidus Muscle After Spontaneous Intervertebral Disc Degeneration SPARC-null Mice is Ameliorated by Physical Activity. Spine. 2018 Oct 15;43(20):E1184-E1194. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002656.
Homebase, a community group for men with chronic pain, and its founder, Richard Hovey, are profiled.
CBC News, 18 Nov 2018: New Notre-Dame-de-Grace based community group aims to help men deal with chronic pain beyond the pharmacy [Link
Just published: a QPRN-funded study assessing the application of the capsaicin pain model as a surrogate experimental human model of neuropathic pain. It also looks at the variation in reports of QST measures made across research centers in Quebec
CE Ferland et al, Multicenter assessment of quantitative sensory testing (QST) for the detection of neuropathic-like pain responses using the topical capsaicin model, Cdn J Pain, 2 (1): 266-279 [Link
Gabriella Gobbi's work on cannabidiol (CBD) in animal models of chronic pain profiled
Forbes, 29 Oct 2018, "Study: CBD From Marijuana May Affect Pain And Anxiety In Different Ways Than Previously Thought" [Link
Jeff Mogil talks about the protein Piezo2 and its role in touch and pain.
The Scientist, 10 Oct 2018, "When Normal Touch Becomes Painful, the Same Neurons are Involved" [Link
Marc O Martel talks about opioid addiction at public conference
McGill Tribune, 18 Sept 2018: C Trottier-Chi, Policy and research struggle to keep up with opioid epidemic [Link
Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management (online learning)
Chronic pain management is a major and growing challenge for patients, healthcare professionals and the global healthcare system. Deadline to apply: October 15th. [Link
Luda Diatchenko talks about being a woman working in science in Canada
CBC TV documentary, Ms. Scientist. Luda is featured at time point 41:00 [Link
Mark Ware discusses whether marijuana is an effective alternative for pain management
WGHB Boston (NPR) broadcast, 12 June 2018 (text and audio versions available) [Link
Pain-induced changes in the brainís opioid system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain
McGill Newsroom, 27 May 2018 [Link
Mark Ware accepts position as Chief Medical Officer with Canopy Growth
Ottawa Citizen May 28, 2018 [Link
Jeff Mogil talks about why it hurts when you stub your toe.
Self, April 17, 2018 [Link
QUEBEC NETWORK OF JUNIOR PAIN INVESTIGATORS
The QNJPI mission is to create a forum for trainees studying in Quebec to foster research collaborations across different areas of expertise by facilitating communication among trainees... [Link