Upcoming Events
Dr. Luda Diatchenko's Lab
September 8, 2016 9:30 a.m.
McIntyre Medical Building Room 1346
Andreas Goebel, PhD
Director Pain Research Institute University of Liverpool
Immunotherapy in CRPS
October 12, 2016 4:00 p.m.
MGH, Room A5-131
Featured Events
16th World Congress on Pain
Sep 26 2016
Yokohama
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.
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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

Congratulations
Congratulations to Dr. Gary Bennett on his retirement
It is with pride and sadness that we mark the retirement, effective May 31st, from McGill of our colleague Dr. Gary Bennett. Gary has had a career in pain research that is second to none..... [File]
Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation Research Awards 2016:
Congratulations to the Recipients of the LAEF Grants in Pain Research, PhD Studentships and Fellowships
Grants in Pain Research
Dr. Catherine Ferland and Dr. Céline Gélinas
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Ronald Mezack Fellowship in Pain Research
Marine Christin, Ph.D.
Catherine Bushnell Fellowship in Chronic Pain Research
Dr. Carolina Beraldo Meloto
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Louise and Alan Edwards PhD Studentship
Dr. Luca Posa
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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]
Anne-Kathrin Brascher, Susanne Becker, Marie-Eve Hoeppli, Petra Schweinhardt Different Brain Circuitries Mediating Controllable and Uncontrollable Pain The Journal of Neuroscience 36(18):5013–5025 (2016) [link]
Massart R, Dymov S, Millecamps M, Suderman M, Gregoire S, Koenigs K, Alvarado S, Tajerian M, Stone LS, Szyf M. Overlapping signatures of chronic pain in the DNA methylation landscape of prefrontal cortex and peripheral T cells. Sci Rep. doi: 10.1038/srep19615 (2016) [link]
News
Brigitte Kieffer discusses a new type of potential drug
Nature, News & Views, 17 Aug 2016: The development of a drug that mimics the pain-relieving activity of opioid compounds, but has fewer side effects, points to an effective strategy for the discovery of many types of drug. [Link]
Luda Diatchenko & Jeff Mogil, amongst others, discuss the potential for pain genetics
Nature, Outlook, 14 July 2016: Although genetics studies have so far failed to revolutionize pain treatments, some researchers think that a host of discoveries are just around the corner. [Link]
Mark Ware on the new Canadian Marijuana Task Force
Globe & Mail, 18 July 2016: Marijuana task force faces ‘fascinating journey’ in crafting legal framework [Link]
Yoram Shir interviewed on opioid prescription policy
Le Devoir, July 26, 2016 (story in French): a discussion of Ontario's decision to restrict opioid access by removing its coverage under provincial drug reimbursement programs [Link]
Mark Ware named to cannabis task force
July 2016 World-renowned pain specialist Dr. Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the AEPMU Unit of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), has been nominated vice-chair of The Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation [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]
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]
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]