• First QNJPI PAIN talks

    a conference consisting of short "TED"-like presentations. Visit pain-talks.tk for details

  • Low back pain research

    Participate today in the low back pain survey

    Do you suffer from lower back pain? Please participate in our survey to help identify factors predicting the transition from acute to chronic low back pain.

    Visit the Survey description page for more details

  • Jean YiChun Lin video

    Understanding chronic low back pain

    New video produced with the University of Toronto Biomedical Communications Program.  Find it on our Videos page

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Melzack & Wall paper in Science

Ron Melzack

Thursday, November 19th 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the groundbreaking paper by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall in which they introduced the "gate control" theory of pain,  the 1965 Science article "Pain Mechanisms: A New Theory"

First Edition of the QNJPI PAIN talks

The first edition of the QNJPI Pain talks took place November 6th in Sherbrooke, a day of short presentation inspired by TED talks.  This event brought together over 80 members of the junior network, and featured a new format of presentations, not focused on research results, but rather on controversies and new advances in the pain area.  Professors Maxime Descôteaux and Serge Marchand of Université de Sherbrooke were the invited speakers.

Two prizes were given to student presenters:

1st prize: (a reservation for the 1st edition of the North American Pain School "NAPS")

Philippe Sarret receives a Research and Creation prize from Université Sherbrooke

Philippe Sarret

The Research and Innovation prizes of Université de Sherbrooke aim to highlight a scientific discovery or a significant creative production published in the year.  The Université has chosen this year to honor professor Sarret and his colleagues for their work resulting in the development of new pain-relieving drugs.   

Largest study on the long term safety of cannabis for treatment of chronic pain published by team led by Mark Ware

Dr. Mark Ware

In the " first and largest study of the long term safety of medical cannabis use by patients suffering from chronic pain ever conducted", Dr. Mark Ware and a team of researchers from across Canada have found the patients who used cannabis daily for one year did not suffer more serious adverse effects than patients who did not take cannabis.  The study was conducted in seven sites across Canada and followed over 430 patients suffering from chronic pain, half of which took cannabis, and the other half serving as controls.


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