Student Resources

Overview : Training the next generation of Pain Research for Quebec

The training of the next generation of pain researchers in Quebec is a core value of QPRN. In pursuit of this value, QPRN is building an integrated transdisciplinary training program that will expose trainees to a broad array of academic disciplines, research methodologies and the latest technical equipment available.

QPRN manages some elements of the training program internally, but also takes advantage of strategic partnerships with others. In addition to the QPRN training program, there are a number of scholarship and other funding opportunities which trainees can take advantage of.

The junior arm of the QPRN is the Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators.

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Internal programs

Awards and scholarships competition are held twice yearly by the QPRN.  Please view specific program aims and requirements by using the links on the left.

McGill students

Of particular importance to the Pain Network training program is the annual McGill Pain Day, organized each January by McGill University. The program is highly focused on the needs of trainees, and includes workshops and poster sessions wherein trainees can present their research findings to a wide critical audience. Poster presentations are judged by a committee composed of distinguished researchers, with awards being presented to the top basic and clinical presentations. The event is capped off with a plenary lecture by an international-caliber pain researcher.


External funding opportunities


Trainees in Quebec may also benefit from a number of externally funded programs and awards. Scholarships/fellowships are offered by many granting agencies, with the two largest being The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé. These are national and provincial competitions, respectively, and accept proposals in any health science related field.

Pain in Child Health: A CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research

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Under the leadership of Dr. Patrick McGrath of Dalhousie University, this program links together the leading research centres in the area of pediatric pain into a training consortium which strengthens the preparation of trainees to become independent investigators.

The consortium offers supplementary training, such as a summer/fall institute, national laboratory meetings by means of web distance tools, visits to other labs, international speaker series, and web-based courses on pain. However, its most important function is to develop a community of scholars in pediatric pain.

The major centres of this training program are located in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon and Vancouver. The QPRN member who participates in this program is Dr. Celeste Johnston, from whom more information can be obtained. Information may also be obtained from their website.

Neurophotonics – Imaging pain transmission at the cellular level.



Headed by Dr. Yves De Koninck, this joint training program between Laval University and McGill University links three centres of excellence:

  • the Centre de Recherche Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (CRIUSMQ, U Laval)
  • the Centre for Optics Photonics and Laser (COPL; U Laval)
  • the Centre for the Physics of Material (CPM; McGill)

The program aims at training a generation of innovative scientists who will be using the latest breakthroughs in the fields of photonics and material sciences to study neurobiological questions, especially as they pertain to sensory mechanisms and pain transmission. In addition to supporting doctoral and postdoctoral research trainees, the program hosts an international Summer school in neurophotonics for hands-on training in the use of the latest cellular imaging and photointervention approaches, in particular those exploiting the novel properties of non linear optics provided by ultrafast femtosecond laser technology. QPRN members participating in this program include Yves De Koninck and Claude Gravel.