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.

Federal Minister of Health Dr. Jane Philpott announced $12.5 million in funding for the Chronic Pain Network today at a meeting in Hamilton, Ontario. The grant was one of five chronic disease networks announced under Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), which will be managed by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. The networks will receive a total of $62.25 million over five years.

With members from the QPRN, network funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, this national project will direct new research, train researchers and clinicians, increase access to care for chronic pain sufferers, and speed up translation of the most recent research into the reality of care. Experts in pain research and members of the QPRN that will directly be involved are: Dr Manon Choinière (UdeM/CR CHUM), Dr Luda Diatchenko (U McGill), Dr Cyril Schneider (U Laval) – involved as key investigators – and Dr Mark Ware (U McGill, QPRN codirector), Dr Louis Gendron (UdeS/CR CHUS), Dr Pierre Fréchette (RUIS Laval), Dr Nicolas Beaudet (UdeS, QPRN head coordinator), Dr Antoine Boivin (CR CHUM)– involved as co-investigators.

With more than 10 years of extensive expertise in pain registries, multi-centric clinical trials, patient-engagement strategies, genetics and preclinical research, the Quebec Pain Research Network will eagerly share its knowledge to support the development of this Canadian-wide pain network in collaboration with Dr Norm Buckley” says Nicolas Beaudet, head coordinator for the Quebec Pain Research Network and adjunct professor at the Department of Anesthesiology at Université de Sherbrooke.

The Chronic Pain Network is led by Dr. Norm Buckley, professor and chair of the Anesthesia Department of McMaster University and scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.

We know that in Canada, the cost of chronic pain has been measured as greater than that of cancer and heart disease combined,” said Buckley. “Although Canada is recognized as a world leader in pain research, the investment in pain research has been the lowest of any developed country. We will be changing that, for the benefit of Canadians.

About the QPRN

The Quebec Pain Research Network has been a source of pride in its capacity in gathering together more than 100 pain scientists and clinicians from different research centers in Quebec and from different expertise. Its mission: contribute through basic, clinical, evaluative and epidemiological research to the improvement of the quality of life of Quebecers who suffer from chronic pain. Please browse through our website for more information:

Sources: McMaster University and the Quebec Pain Research Network



Dr Nicolas Beaudet

Dr Alexandre Parent

Coordinators, Quebec Pain Research Network

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