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
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
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
Parisien, Marc, Samoshkin, Alexander, Tansley, Shannon N, Piltonen, Marjo H, Martin, Loren J, El-Hachem, Nehme, Dagostino, Concetta, Allegri, Massimo, Mogil, Jeffrey S, Khoutorsky, Arkady,Diatchenko, Luda. Genetic pathway analysis reveals a major role for extracellular matrix organization in inflammatory and neuropathic pain PAIN: January 03, 2019 - in Press. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001471
Gélinas C., Boitor M., Puntillo K.A., Arbour C., Topolovec-Vranic J., Cusimano M.D., Choinière M., Streiner D.L. Behaviors indicative of pain in brain-injured adult patients with different levels of consciousness in the intensive care unit. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Dec 26. pii: S0885-3924(18)31481-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.12.333
Tansley, S.N., Macintyre, L. C., Diamond, L., Sotocinal, S.G., George, N., Meluban, L., Austin, J-S., Coderre, T.J., Martin, L.J.,Mogil, J.S.Conditioned pain modulation in rodents can feature hyperalgesia or hypoalgesia depending on test stimulus intensity PAIN: December 03, 2018, doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001454
LAEF funding competitions now open! Deadline: 18 March 2019
For details, check out the "funding" tab. There is a research grant competition, as well as graduate and post-graduate opportunities.
McGill Pain Day Registration now open!
To register for this year's McGill Pain Day, click on the link and fill out the Survey Monkey survey. That's all it takes! [Link
Jeff Mogil talks about why men remember pain more than women, and be more stressed out about it.
Montreal Gazette, 10 Jan 2019: Men and women remember pain differently: study [Link
Jeff Mogil talks about why phenotypic variation in animals used for research matters
Market Business News, 09 Dec 2018: Outbred mice perhaps better than inbred mice for most animal studies [Link
Gabriella Gobbi interviewed in a story on the medical uses of cannabis and its byproducts
Financial Times (UK), 19 Nov 2018: Delivery dilemma for medical marijuana [Link
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
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