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    Understanding chronic low back pain

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Jeff Mogil and his collaborators show males and females process pain differently

Recent discoveries by Jeff Mogil and his team show that pain signals are processed differently in female and male mice. These findings will have important consequences for the development of novel treatment strategies for chronic pain sufferers.

Pain signals are transmitted in males using microglial cells, while this was shown not to be the case in females.  In females, another class of immune cells, called T cells, sound the alarm.

Search for new pain medication by Philippe Sarret featured in Le Journal de Montréal

Philippe Sarret and his work towards the development of new pain medication, or analgesics, was recently featured in Le Journal de Montréal. Read the article: Il veut trouver le remède miracle contre la douleur (in French only)

Jeffrey S. Mogil appointed Director of McGill's Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

Jeff Mogil

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey S Mogil for his appointment as the new Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain at McGill University.  

Read the Press Release by the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain 

Yves De Koninck receives an honorary doctorate from Université de Montréal for his multidisciplinary research on pain

Yves De Koninck

Dr. Yves De Koninck, founder of the Québec Pain Research Network, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal.  This distinction is awarded in recognition of his ground-breaking contributions to the fields of neuroscience and pain research.  The multidisciplinary approach he has developed through collaboration between mental health researchers and physicists expert in optics, photonics and the use of lasers has brought him to make important discoveries that impact our understanding of pain and its mechanisms.

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