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QPRN honorary member Ronald Melzack is a pain pioneer and Professor Emeritus at McGill University. The importance of his contributions to pain research have been recognized by many independent entities. Dr. Melzack is:



McGill University produced a video biography in which Dr. Melzack himself explains his discoveries and motivations for research.


The University of Alberta published a Video Biography of Ronald Melzack, explaining the gate-control theory of pain, and the importance of the McGill Pain Questionnaire. A complete biography of Dr. Melzack is also featured on the University of Alberta website. Excerpt: "One pain researcher at the University of Alberta, Dr. Bruce Dick says,

"Melzack did for pain what Einstein did for physics."


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To better understand the importance of Ronald Melzack's contributions to pain research, read these twenty tributes to Ronald Melzack written by his peers, doctors, therapist and researchers, published in a Special Issue of the Somatosensory Rehabilitation bulletin.


The International Association for the study of pain created the Ronald Melzack Lecture Award in 2010, in recognition of Dr. Melzack's exceptional contributions to the field of pain research.

This website was made in 1998 by UCLA as part of an exhibit, and titled "Relief of Pain and Suffering". It shows the central importance of Dr. Melzack's gate-theory of pain in the history of pain research.

McGill University recognizes Dr. Melzack as one of the pioneers of McGill's history, and the McGill Alumni Community nominated him to be one of the greatest McGillians

Interview with Dr. Melzack by the McGill Reporter in 2008, shortly after he his induction in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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