Upcoming Events
Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD
Director, Bluestone Centre for Medical Research, NYU College of Dentistry
Neurobiological Mechanisms Driving Cancer Pain
May 4, 2016 4:00 p.m.
MGH Room A5-131
Kiran Vadaga
Psychology intern AEPMU
"Mindfulness meditation and pain management"
May 11, 2016 4:00 p.m.
A5 131 (Room 9) of the Montreal General Hospital
The Philip R. Bromage Anesthesia Research Day
To present and discuss research activities conducted by residents, fellows and postgraduate students in the McGill Department of Anesthesia
May 26, 2016 7:30 a.m.
Thomson House, 3650 McTavish Street, Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Featured Events
1ères journées Franco-Québécoises en Santé Mentale et Douleur
Sep 09 2016
Nouvelle résidence, McGill - MORE INFORMATION COMMING SOON....
16th World Congress on Pain
Sep 26 2016
The World Congress on Pain is the premier conference devoted to pain research and treatment. In 2016, the world’s top researchers and clinicians will meet in Yokohama, just one-half hour outside Tokyo.
About Us

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

Human - Clinical: Diana-Luk Ye - Best Poster
Assessment of postoperative movement-evoked pain after spinal fusion surgery in adolescents during hospitalization: Preliminary results [File]
Human - Clinical:Junie S. Carriere - 2nd. Prize
Perceived injustice and opioids for chronic noncancer pain: The role of pain behavior A Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry (CHOIR) study [File]
Basic Science: Huges Petitjean - Best Poster
Dorsal horn parvalbumin neurons are gate-keepers of touch-evoked pain after nerve injury [File]
Basic Science: Scott Thompson - 2nd Prize
Decreased opioid receptor availability in rat brain three months after peripheral nerve injury [File]
Distinguished Career Award
Dr. Fernando Cervero
Congratulations to Dr. Fernando Cervero! Dr. Cervero received the 2015 Distinguished Career Award of the Canadian Pain Society during this year’s annual conference. [link]
Featured Papers
Ihab Daou, Hélène Beaudry, Ariel R. Ase, Jeffrey S. Wieskopf, Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva, Jeffrey S. Mogil, Philippe Séguéla Optogenetic Silencing of Nav1.8-Positive Afferents Alleviates Inflammatory and Neuropathic Pain DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0140-15 (2016) [link] [File]
Millecamps M, Czerminski JT, Mathieu AP, Stone LS. Behavioural signs of axial low back pain and motor impairment correlate with the severity of intervertebral disc degeneration in a mouse model. Spine J: S1529-9430(15)01361-3. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.08.055. (2015) [link]
Hugues Petitjean, Sophie Anne Pawlowski, Steven Li Fraine, Behrang Sharif, Doulia Hamad, Tarheen Fatima, Jim Berg, Claire M. Brown, Lily-Yeh Jan, Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva, Joao M. Braz, Allan I. Basbaum, Reza Sharif-Naeini Dorsal Horn Parvalbumin Neurons Are Gate-Keepers of Touch-Evoked Pain after Nerve Injury doi:10.1016/j.celrep. (2015) [link]
Researchers use optogenetics to produce pain relief by shutting off neurons with light
Apr 2016 The potential of light as a non-invasive, highly-focused alternative to pain medication... [Link]
Jeff Mogil explains why scientists need to fix the gender gap in animals used for research
Apr 2016 Jeff Mogil, from McGill University, was interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC's The Current about the consequences of the gender gap in animal research, as most research is conducted only on male animals. [Link]
Location may be key to effectively controlling pain
Feb 2016 Targeting the pain receptor at the cell’s nucleus has a major effect on its ability to transmit pain signals [Link]
Chronic pain changes our immune systems
Feb 2016 Epigenetics may bring us one step closer to better treatments for chronic pain [Link]
10 Discoveries 2015
Nov 2015 - Quebec Science: Jusqu’ici, pour comprendre la douleur chronique, on a surtout utilisé des souris mâles. Mais – surprise! – les femelles réagissent différemment. De quoi changer notre manière de comprendre le circuit de la douleur. [Link]
The Gate Control Theory 50 Years On
November 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the single most important scientific article in the field of pain, “Pain Mechanisms: A New Theory” (Science, 1965), co-authored by Ron Melzack and Pat Wall [Link]
If you’re told your pain is all in your head, don’t freak out. This is actually hopeful news for pain sufferers.
Oct 2015 - Seguela lab [Link]
Strong placebo response thwarts painkiller trials
October 2015. Nature: Potential pain treatments are struggling to prove their worth over a rising placebo effect seen in US trials. [Link]
Many babies exposed to unnecessary pain in research
October 2015. REUTERS: Babies often suffer unnecessary pain in clinical studies, potentially breaching international standards for ethical research, according to a new review of the medical literature. [Link]
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]