Recent News

Serge Marchand named Scientific Director of the FRQ-S

Serge Marchand

Congratulations to Serge Marchand for his nomination as Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, annonced today by government of Québec. Serge Marchand is full Professor at Université Sherbrooke, and a researcher affiliated to the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS).  He works in a group on Pain and Inflammation, an axis he has created and developed himself over the last few years.  His work have shed light on the neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for the development and persistence of chronic pain. 

Sylvine Cottin shows peripheral nerve field stimulation helps alleviate pain

New results by Sylvine Cottin, Université Laval, shows that peripheral nerve field stimulation is an effective means to alleviate overall pain by over 50% in patients with low back pain.  The  results were presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society.  Read more about this study on the Pain Medicine News website:

Interview with Catherine Ferland on Salut Bonjour about Essentrics training

Listen to a recent interview with Catherine Ferland on the television show Salut Bonjour, in which she discusses the positive effects of Essentrics training for people suffering from chronic pain.  View this interview by Marie-Ève Gosemick, Well-Being correspondent, here (in French only):

Jeff Mogil explains the placebo effect in Vox

Read a recent article in Vox in which Jeffrey Mogil explains  that “the placebo response is growing bigger over time,” but only in the US.  This effect helps explain why fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness.

Read more about this discovery in Vox:

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained | Yes, the placebo effect is all in your mind. And it’s real.

New videos on the QPRN YouTube Channel

We invite you to visit the QPRN YouTube Channel to view two new education resources:

Congratulations to winners of the 2017 Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation awards

The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain recently announced the winners of the following awards:

Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation Grants in Chronic Pain Research 2017

  • Arkady Khoutorsky, Marc O. Martel, Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva, Yoram Shir and Laura Stone

Catherine Bushnell Fellowship in Chronic Pain Research 2017

  • Scott Thompson and Seunghwan (Peter) Lee.

Ronald Melzack Fellowship in Chronic Pain Research 2017

Congratulations to Arkady Khoutorsky, 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar

Congratulations to Arkady Khoutorsky who was named a 2017 Rita Allen Foundation Scholar.

Learn more about Arkady Khoutorsky, from McGill University, on the Rita Allen Foundation website:

New book: Orofacial Pain Biomarkers

QPRN members Ana Miriam Velly and Jean-Paul Goulet have edited a new book titled "Orofacial Pain Biomarkers", with up-to-date information on all aspects of orofacial pain biomarkers.  The book discusses biomarkers for various types of orofacial pain, and identifies future directions and new challenges​. 

Pain Talks - Second Edition

The second edition of the PAIN talks from the QNJPI, which took place at Thomson House, McGill University on April 28, 2017, was a great success!

We heard excellent presentations from our members as well as from our guest speakers (Dr Guillaume Léonard, Dr Jeffrey S. Mogil and Dr Marc O. Martel). We even had the chance to hear touching testimonials from patients suffering from chronic pain.