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

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]
Minerbi A, Gonzalez E, Brereton NJB, Anjarkouchian A, Dewar K, Fitzcharles MA, Chevalier S, Shir Y. Altered microbiome composition in individuals with fibromyalgia. Pain. 2019 Jun 18. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001640 [link]
Khoury S, Piltonen MH, Ton AT, Cole T, Samoshkin A, Smith SB, Belfer I, Slade GD, Fillingim RB, Greenspan JD, Ohrbach R, Maixner W, Neely GG, Serohijos AWR, Diatchenko L. A functional substitution in the L-aromatic amino acid decarboxylase enzyme worsens somatic symptoms via a serotonergic pathway. Ann Neurol. 2019 Jun 8. doi: 10.1002/ana.25521 [link]
Hodges PW, Barbe MF, Loggia ML, Nijs J, Stone LS. Diverse Role of Biological Plasticity in Low Back Pain and Its Impact on Sensorimotor Control of the Spine. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2019 Jun;49(6):389-401. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2019.8716 [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]
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]
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]
More on the AEPMU team's work on the microbiome and fibromyalgia.
Montreal Gazette, 26 June 2019: Hope for people with fibromyalgia from Montreal-based researchers [Link]
A team from the AEPMU, including Yoram Shir and Amir Minerbi, have a new paper in the journal, Pain, that looks at the microbiome in the gut of fibromyalgia patients.
CTV News, 19 June 2019: Canadian researchers find link between gut bacteria and fibromyalgia [Link]
In a recent paper in Annals of Neurology, Luda Diatchenko's lab, using a genetic association approach, points to a possible mechanism
EurekAlerrt!19 June 2019: Serotonin linked to somatic awareness, a condition long thought to be imaginary [Link]
Gabriella Gobbi interviewed on cannabidiol (CBD).
CBC News, CP Story, 06 May 2019 [Link]
Jeff Mogil discusses the many meanings of empathy and why it is hard to study.
McGill Tribune, Science & Technology section, 10 April, 2019: I feel you [Link]
An indepth report on how Jeff Mogil's lab teased out the differences on how male and female mice perceive pain.
Nature News, 27 March 2019: Why sexes don't feel pain the same way [Link]
The ISSLS Prize for Lumbar Spine Research in Basic Science awarded to Stone Lab for their ESJ paper
Congralulations to Laura & Magali on their paper which has been selected as the best published in the Eur Spine J in the Basic Science category [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]