Upcoming Events
Irina Kudrina, MD, CM, CCFP
Dept of Family Medicine, McGill University
Toxic stress of pain and chronic exogenous cannabinoid & opioid toxicity
December 18, 2019 4:00 p.m.
MGH Room A5-131
Dr. Mogil's Lab
January 16, 2020 9:30 a.m.
McIntyre Medical Room 1346
David Bennett
Professor of Neurology & Neurobiology, Oxford University
Human Pain Channelopathies - for more info on McGill Pain Day, see below
January 23, 2020 12:00 p.m.
New Residence Hall, 3625 ave du Parc
Catherine Cahill, PhD
Intersection between pain and addiction: implications for kappa opioid receptors
February 19, 2020 4:00 p.m.
MGH Room A5-131
Robert Gereau, PhD,
Dept of Anesthesiology, Washington University
Basic Science of Pain Lecture series: TBA
March 13, 2020 11:00 a.m.
Physiology 1034
Featured Events
Montreal Neuroinflammation Symposium
Dec 13 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Timmins Amphitheatre, MNI
Neuroinflammation and its role in a wide variety of healthcare problems (pain, MS, mental illness, etc.)
24th Annual McGill Pain Day - with David Bennett, Oxford University, as Keynote speaker
Jan 23 2020, 12:00-16:30
McGill Residence Hall, 3624 Avenue du Parc
The annual research day celebrating the varied and important research undertaken by our members. Registration is free but is required for planning purposes. Please use the link below to register.
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

Chair, Orofacial Pain Working Group, NCOHR
Ana Velly, DDS, PhD
Congratulations go out to Ana on her appointment as Chair of the Orofacial Pain Working Group of the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research! [link]
Honorary Skou Professorship, Aarhus Universtiy, Denmark
Luda Diatchenko
Congratulations go out to Luda on her being named an Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus.The first cohort of 21 will be welcomed to the Aarhus at a special ceremony on Oct 8th, 2019 [link]
Cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association
Carolina Beraldo Meloto
Congratulations go out to Carol a second time for her article, Clinical predictors of persistent temporomandibular disorder in people with first-onset temporomandibular disorder, being selected as the Cover of the July 2019 issue of JADA. [link]
IASP Early Career Research Grant Award
Carolina Beraldo Meloto
Congratulations go out to Carol on her receiving IASP's Early Career Research Grant Award. [link]
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]
Pagé MG, Ziemianski D, Martel MO, Shir Y. Development and validation of the Treatment Expectations in Chronic Pain Scale. Br J Health Psychol. 2019 Sep;24(3):610-628. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12371 [link]
Grégoire S, Jang SH, Szyf M, Stone LS. Prenatal maternal stress is associated with increased sensitivity to neuropathic pain and sex-specific changes in supraspinal mRNA expression of epigenetic- and stress-related genes in adulthood. Behav Brain Res. 2019 Nov 28:112396. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2019.112396. [link]
Coderre TJ, Laferrière A., The emergence of animal models of chronic pain and logistical and methodological issues concerning their use. Neural Transm (Vienna). 2019 Nov 18. doi: 10.1007/s00702-019-02103-y. [link]
Amir Minerbi talks about fibromyalgia and the role the microbiome may play in helping to diagnose the disease.
The McGill Tribune, Miguel Principe, Dec 3rd, 2019, “The gut microbiome in disease and health.” [Link]
Mary-Ann Fitzcharles on the need for more scientific evidence on cannabis and rheumatoid arthritis.
ACR Daily News, 13 Nov 2019, “Despite the availability and growing popularity of medical cannabis, more clinical evidence is needed” [Link]
Promoting return-to-work in those with co-morbid MSK pain and depression.
Sullivan, Wideman & Thomas, Oct 2019, IRSST Studies and Research Projects report #R-1044 [Link]
Gabrielle Page to lecture at Cummings Centre on Mindfulness
The Suburban, 03 Nov 2019, Conference on Mindfulness and Parkinson at the Cummings Centre Nov. 7 [Link]
Research Coordinator needed, Saliva Biobank = Jewish General Hospital
The Gornitsky/Velly labs at the JGH are seeking a full time research coordinator for their Saliva Biobank. For more info, click on the link [Link]
A new YouTube video from the Sharif-Naeini lab on their work related to Lionfish venom.
YouTube video: Lionfish venom - Sharif Lab, McGill University [Link]
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Pediatric Pain Program, McGill Scoliosis and Spine Research Group, Available
For details, consult the "Post-Graduate Fellowships" section of our website, under "funding". [Link]
Jeff Mogil interviewed as part of a discussion about why including both male and female subjects is important when studying pain.
Quirks & Quarks, CBC Radio, Sept 20, 2019: Women and science suffer when medical research doesn't study females [Link]
New AF guidelines developed by an expert panel which included Mary-Ann Fitzcharles from the AEPMU.
Arthritis Foundation on-line newsletter, 24 Sept 2019. The American Arthritis Foundation has issued guidelines on the use of CBD for arthritis pain. [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]
Improved triage processes have allowed the AEPMU to reduce patient wait times from 2 years in 2009 to 6 months in 2019. Excellent news!
MUHC News, 23 Sept 2019: Shorter wait times and better care at the MUHC Allan Edwards Pain Management Unit [Link]
Gabriella Gobbi interviewed as part of a Q&A on CBD health claims.
CBC News, 18 Sept 2019: 'You must be very careful': Common questions about CBD health claims for pain and other conditions answered [Link]
Carol Meloto's paper in JADA gets mentioned in the NIH NIDCR Newsletter.
NIDCR Newsletter, July 2019: Predicting Pain that Persists [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]
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]