Upcoming Events
Dr. Philip Peng
Director of Research, Wasser Pain Management Centre - Toronto
"Higher centre and Pain: from basic science to clinical relevance"
December 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.
MGH, Room A5-131
Dr. Ribeiro-da-Silva's Lab
December 15, 2016 9:30 a.m.
McIntyre Medical Building Room 1346
Featured Events
Pain Day 2017
Jan 26 2017, 2:00 p.m.
McGill Residence Hall 3625 Avenue du Park, Montreal
A Day for Health Care Professionals and Trainees in the Treatment and Study of Pain
1ères journées franco-québecoises Santé Mentale et Douleur
May 26 2017
Thèmes : • Émotions et douleur • Dépression • Troubles anxieux et TSPT • Schizophrénie • Autisme ...
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

The Norton M. Ross Award
Dr. Jocelyne Feine
The Norton M. Ross Award for Clinical Research was initiated in 1991 and is presented every year to a highly creative and innovative individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations connected to craniofacial-oral-dental disease [link]
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
Ronald Mezack Fellowship in Pain Research
Marine Christin, Ph.D.
Catherine Bushnell Fellowship in Chronic Pain Research
Dr. Carolina Beraldo Meloto
Louise and Alan Edwards PhD Studentship
Dr. Luca Posa
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]
In a special issue of the journal, Science, Mark Ware and others discuss medical uses for cannabis
Science, 03 Nov 2016: Pot and Pain, Hints are emerging that cannabis could be an alternative to opioid painkillers [Link]
Jeff Mogil and others discuss the placebo effect
CNN, 27 Oct 2016: The real -- and growing -- effects of fake pills [Link]
Mark Ware discusses the need for clinicial trials to study medical cannabis and its potential to reduce opioid use
Scientific American, Sept 1st, 2016: Could Medical Cannabis Break the Painkiller Epidemic? A body of research suggests yes, but scientists are having to fight red tape to study whether medical marijuana could substitute for opioid drugs [Link]
Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management: For health professionals in the health care arena
Deadline for registration: October 15th [Link]
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]
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]