The mission of the Pain Network is to contribute through basic, clinical, evaluative and epidemiological research to the improvement of the quality of life of Quebecers who suffer from chronic pain.
We aim at achieving this mission through cohesive efforts between a group of 90 researchers associated to the four University Health Networks (Réseaux universitaires intégrés de santé; RUIS) of the province of Quebec: Université Laval, McGill University, Université de Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke, and to the Université du Québec network and Concordia University.
In line with our vision, mission and overall objectives, the strategic initiatives described below were identified following consultation with our members at our general assembly. Our research program covers a continuum from preclinical research to translational components, to clinical analyzes and finally to knowledge transfer to stakeholders.
Quebec consortium on mapping of pain circuits
Director : Reza Sharif
This initiative focuses on the development and use of molecular tools to control the activity of nociceptors involved in the feeling of pain. To do so, the team is directing its efforts towards the design and validation of tools that can decrease or stop the activity of nociceptors by making sure to consider inter-species differences.
Quebec consortium on adverse effects of pain medications
Director : Mélanie Bérubé
This group is interested in the tools for studying adverse effects and the concerns of patients and healthcare professionals in order to document the practices and continuum of care for improved management of the adverse effects of analgesics.
Quebec back pain consortium
Director : Jean-Sébastien Roy
This initiative aims to understand the biopsychosocial risk factors that underlie the transition from acute low back pain to chronic low back pain in people living in Quebec. The studies will be possible thanks to the creation of a longitudinal database coupled with a biobank which currently has more than 3,500 patients and 13 ongoing sub-projects.
Quebec consortium on knowledge transfer in pain research
Director : Anne Marie Pinard
This initiative specializes in the mobilization and application of knowledge in pain management by patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals. In order to present scientific and medical popularized and adapted content to the specific needs of the various stakeholders, a portal will be developed to bring together in one place all the useful resources for the self-management of pain.
Quebec consortium on judicious opioid use
Its goal is to understand the factors that facilitate the judicious use of opioids in chronic pain. The team assesses opioid consumption, studies needs and assesses the role of complementary approaches in developing a support system for patients.