Congratulation to McGill Pain Day trainee award winners

Congratulations to the winners of the McGill Pain Day Trainee awards for best posters.  The winners are:

Yakobov, Esther - Best Poster Presentation - Human / Clinical
Aternali, Andrea - Second Prize - Human / Clinical
Sharif, Behrang - Best Poster Presentation - Basic Science
Muralidharan, Arjun - Second Prize - Basic Science 

The Quebec Pain Research Network is proud to give these awards to these deserving trainees, and wishes to congratulate all presenters for their great work.

Opioid dependence: Existing drug shown to alleviate withdrawal symptoms in rodents

New research from the laboratory of Tuan Trang at University of Calgary, lead by Ph.D. student Nicole Burma, shows an existing anti-gout medication is effective in reducing the severity of opioid withdrawal symptoms in dependent rodents.  This important discovery is published in the journal Nature Medicine, and collaborators include Yves De Koninck, from Université Laval.

Yves De Koninck awarded the Canadian Pain Society 2017 Distinguished Career Award

Yves De Koninck - photo credit Simon Lecompte IUSMQ

Congratulations to Yves De Koninck on being awarded the Canadian Pain Society's Distinguished Career Award.  This award recognizes professor De Koninck's longstanding contributions to pain research. 

Dr. De Koninck will receive this award at the next Canadian Pain Society meeting in Halifax in May.

Philippe Sarret's team awarded $8,9M in grants for research to develop new drugs to treat chronic pain

Philippe Sarret (photo CRCHUS)

Philippe Sarret's laboratory recently obtained important grants that will be used to support his research projects which aim to identify and develop new drugs to treat chronic pain.  It is estimated that 70% of patients taking prescription analgesics for chronic pain are not relieved, in addition to living with side effects that can have a considerable impact on their quality of life, such as constipation, respiratory problems, tolerance, dependance and anxiety.


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