Become a member of the Pain Network

Any investigator in Quebec working on basic, clinical, epidemiologic and evaluative pain research, affiliated to a university department or research institute, can submit an application to join the Pain Network.

Nomination requests are accepted by the executive committee after revision of the scientific relevance and potential of the applicant for the Pain Network.

The executive committee could request the applicant to provide a letter of support from a regular member of the Pain Network.

The status of each members is reviewed every two years. The absence of any scientific activity or contribution within the Pain Network for a period of two (2) years results in a change of status or in a membership withdrawal.

In order to join the Pain Network, please send a letter of interest and your CV to Nicolas Beaudet (head coordinator): nicolas.beaudet@qprn.ca

Membership status offered by the Quebec Pain Research Network:

Regular member | Associate member | Emeritus member | Corporate member


Regular member - Definition and conditions

Independent investigators (as defined by the FRQ-S) working primarily in one of the research themes of the Pain Network.

Over the past five years, he/she should have published in scientific peer-reviewed journals and/or have obtained grants from organizations recognized by the FRQ-S for the realization of a research program on pain, chronic pain or any other relevant field. He or she should have contributed to the training of graduate or post-graduate students. Young researchers are benefiting from a two-year extension in order for them to shape and perfect their pain expertise.

Regular members have voting rights at the General Assembly of the Pain Network. They also have political rights, as well as access to funding opportunities (if available), scholarships and technical services from the Pain Network.

A regular member shall:

• Participate to scientific meetings and to the annual retreat of the Pain Network;

• Participate to various committees and be involved in the development of the Pain Network;

• Take part in the preparation of the application for the Pain Network renewal;

• Discuss its research program with the board of the Pain Network.

Associate member - Definition and conditions

The associate member is interested in the Pain Network's activities but does not have the complete profile of an independent investigator or is not primarily working in the field of pain research, or in research in general.

Associate members cannot benefit from the direct financial support of the Pain Network. He/she must be associated with a regular member to benefit, as a collaborator, from all forms of funding provided by the Pain Network.

Associate members can access Pain Network's resources by applying for their use. In the case of resources dedicated to regular members, an associate member may submit a request to the executive committee of the Pain Network.

Associate members are encouraged to participate to the annual retreat of the Pain Network. Associate members may also participate to the General Assembly of the Pain Network, without having voting rights.

Emeritus member - Definition and conditions

This status is conferred to a former investigator with an outstanding contribution to the field of pain research and who does not meet the requirements associated with the regular member status, but who wishes to maintain interaction with members of the Pain Network and promote knowledge transfer. Such status can also be granted to an individual who has never done research per se, but who has made an outstanding contribution in pain research.

Emeritus members are encouraged to participate to the annual retreat of the Pain Network. Emeritus members may also participate to the General Assembly of the Pain Network, without having voting rights.

Corporate Member - Definition and conditions

The executive committee may grant a corporate member status to any group, community or any incorporated / registered association, to any legal entity with similar objectives to those pursued by the Pain Network, to any legal entity wishing to be recognized as supporting the Pain Network and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to any community, association or group wishing to promote the Pain Network's objectives. Each membership request being a case in point, the executive committee will review and will establish the conditions for each application, unless otherwise stipulated in the constitutive act.

Corporate members are encouraged to participate to the annual retreat of the Pain Network. Corporate membership does not grant voting right at the General Assembly of the Pain Network. Only one representative per corporation, appointed by resolution, may attend the General Assembly of the Pain Network.