Upcoming Events
Jon Levine, MD, PhD
School of Dentistry, UCSF
The Point of No Return: Mechanisms Driving the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain
October 2, 2019 4:00 p.m.
MGH Room A5-131
David Ginty, PhD,
Harvard Medicial School
2019 Aguayo Lecture: The Sensory Neurons of Touch
October 10, 2019 4:00 p.m.
Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, MNI
Julie Masse erg, OT(c), MSc,
School of Rehabilitation, Université de Montréal.
Occupational Therapy’s Unique Contribution to Chronic Pain Management: A Scoping Review
October 16, 2019 4:00 p.m.
MGH Room A5-131
Featured Events
PAINtalks 2019
Nov 23 2019, Time TBC
Amphithéâtre Gesù, 1200 Rue de Bleury, Montréal,
The latest advances on pain, simply explained by experts.
24th Annual McGill Pain Day
Jan 23 2020, 3:00 p.m.
McGill Residence Hall, 3624 Avenue du Parc
The annual research day celebrating the varied and important research undertaken by our members. This year's plenary speaker is David Bennett from Oxford University
May 19 2020
Calgary, Alberta
The 41st annual meeting of the Canadian Pain Society, May 19-22, 2020
World Congress on Pain 2020
Aug 04 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The 18th WCP organized by the International Association for the Study of Pain from August 4th to the 8th -- be there!
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

Member, Royal Society of Canada
Jeff Mogil
Congratulations to Jeff Mogil on his being elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada. [link]
Canada Research Chair Tier 2
Marc O. Martel
Congratulations go out to Marc O. Martel on his having been award a CRC 2 Chair in Chronic Pain, Mental Health and Opioid Use. [link]
McGill Initiative in Computational Medicine ResearchMatch Program awardees
Luda Diatchenko & Audrey Grant
MICM has announced the winners of its ResearchMatch program competition. Congratulations go out to Luda Diatchenko and new recruit Audrey Grant for their respective projects. For details, check out the MICM website in the links. [link]
Université Laval 2019 Doctorate honoris causa.
Jocelyne Feine
Congratulations to Jocelyne Feine on being awarded a doctorate honoris causa from Unversité Laval in recognition of her many achievements in the field of oral health research. [link]
AACN Pioneering Spirit Award
Celine Gelinas
Congratulations to Céline Gélinas who is this year's recipient of the AACN Pioneering Spirit Award in recognition of her work developing the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT). [link]
Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation Grants in Chronic Pain Research 2019
Dr. Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva, Dr. Jordi Perez, Dr. Céline Gélinas and Dr. Marc O. Martel and Dr. Laura Stone
Catherine Bushnell Fellowship in Chronic Pain Research 2019
Dr. Dimitri Pavlov and Dr. Ariane Ballard
Ronald Melzack Fellowship in Chronic Pain Research 2019
Dr. Weihua Cai and Dr. Lucas Lima
Edwards PhD Studentships in Pain Research 2019
Justine Schweizer, Don Daniel Ocay, Calvin Wong and Stephanie Mouchbahani-Constance
2019 Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain
Jeff Mogil
Awarded annually by the American Pain Society to recognize outstanding contributions highlighting dedication or innovation in education in the field of pain. [link]
Fitzcharles MA, Shir Y, Häuser W. Medical cannabis: strengthening evidence in the face of hype and public pressure. CMAJ. 2019 Aug 19;191(33):E907-E908 [link]
Petitjean H, B Bourojeni F, Tsao D, Davidova A, Sotocinal SG, Mogil JS, Kania A, Sharif-Naeini R. Recruitment of Spinoparabrachial Neurons by Dorsal Horn Calretinin Neurons Cell Rep. 2019 Aug 6;28(6):1429-1438.e4 [link]
Roy M, Vachon-Presseau É. Cortisol increases visceral pain in women but not in men. Pain. 2019 Aug;160(8):1691-1692. [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 for Winter 2020 admission: Oct 15th [Link]
Luda Diatchenko discusses how someone's genetic makeup effects their sensitivity to pain.
News.AM, 06 Sept, 2019: Sensitivity to Pain is determined by genetic structure [Link]
Reza Sharif-Naeini interviewed on the recent discoveries of Schwann Cells in the epidermis and their role in pain signalling
Radio-Canada, 08 Sept 2019 (in French): Découverte d’un organe de la douleur [Link]
Luda Diatchenko discusses her talk at EFIC 2019 on the role of genetic studies in the search for better pain management.
Health Europa, 05 Sept 2019: The secrets of how genetic variation affects perception of pain [Link]
We join the Twitterverse! @AECRPain
Follow the AECRP on Twitter for the latest research news and information from one of Canada's leading pain research centres
Gabriella Gobbi interviewed on the risks bipolar patients take when they self-medicate with CBD.
CBC Radio, 23 Aug 2019: People skipping doctors and using CBD oil for bipolar disorder 'not treated at all,' warns expert [Link]
In a broader discussion of the Stanford Prison Experiment, Jeff Mogil talks about how empathy can increase our perception of pain
Wired, 19 Aug 2019: Beware the epiphany-industrial complex [Link]
Amir Minebi's research on fibromyalgia and the gut microbiome highlighted in this MUHC video
MUHC Facebook Video, 20 June 2019: [Link]
Yoram Shir interviewed on the potential role of topical creams derived from cannabis
CBC News, 28 July 2019: Ban on cannabis topicals will hurt patients with chronic pain, says Montreal woman [Link]
Mary-Ann Fitzcharles interviewed on marijuana use by an aging population.
Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 2019: Chronic Pain, "chronic" help: Aging boomers turn to marijuana for relief, not for fun [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]