Optogenetics: using light to fight chronic pain

Research by Dr. Philippe Séguéla and his team, in collaboration with many members of the pain research network, shows that a treatment with light can alleviate pain in genetically modified mice by specifically turning off the activity of neurons expressing pain receptors called Nav1.8 + nociceptors. This optogenetic approache, using light to control gene expression, has multiple advantages, since it depends on a non-invasive treatment, light, that can be applied in a controlled and precise manner, thereby controlling the activity of specific neurons.  

Jeff Mogil explains why scientists need to fix the gender gap in animals used for research

Jeff Mogil

Jeff Mogil, from McGill University, was interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC's The Current about the consequences of the gender gap in animal research, as most research is conducted only on male animals.

Manon Choinière talks about the silent epidemic of chronic pain

Manon Choinière (photo Université de Montréal - bonesso-dumas)

Read a recent profile of Manon Choinière, professor of anesthesiology at the Université de Montréal, in which she discusses the biological, psychological and social consequences of pain.  She highlights the fact that chronic pain affects more that 20% of Canadians, and costs more to Canada than cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.   The article presents an overview of Dr. Choinière's recent research projects and collaborations.  

New research network to tackle chronic pain

Sherbrooke, Quebec, March 31, 2016 – The Quebec Pain Research Network (QPRN) is taking part in a new large Canadian network pioneering developments in patient-oriented health care for chronic pain research and care.

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