• Next QPRN Retreat: January 25-27 2019 - Château Bromont

  • North American Pain School

    June 23 - 28 2019 - Montebello - Visit the NAPS website for details

  • Jean YiChun Lin video

    Understanding chronic low back pain

    New video produced with the University of Toronto Biomedical Communications Program.  Find it on our Videos page

  • Registre Québec Douleur

    Quebec Pain Registry

    Visit the Quebec Pain Registry website to request data access

Mark Ware's research on medical marijuana featured in University Affairs

The latest University Affairs magazine features a special article on medical marijuana, and notes that Canada is a research leader in this field. From the article:

Research by Jeffrey Mogil in the Quebec Science top 10 discoveries of 2015

Jeffrey Mogil - Males and females process pain differently

Research by Jeffrey Mogil showing that pain processing occurs differently in males and females has been named one of the top ten discoveries of 2015 by Quebec Science magazine.  Recent research has shown that a specialized type of cells, called microglia, have an important role in transmitting pain signals and pain processing in mice and rats.  Dr. Mogil's surprising and very important discovery is that this is true only in male animals, and that microglia does not have a role in pain processing or signaling in females.

Quebec Pain Registry Data leads to important publication

The Quebec Pain Registry is a database which provides standardized data on a large cohort of chronic pain patients who are described using a set of common demographic and clinical measures based on uniform and validated measurement tools.  It was developed as a strategic initiative of the Quebec Pain Research Network.

Pain is in your brain - new insight in pain signaling could provide novel therapeutic targets for chronic pain

Research published by Philippe Séguéla's research group at The Neuro, at McGill University, bring new understanding of the origin of neuropathic pain, which is chronic pain caused by defective nerve signaling.  

Read an article about their discoveries on Yahoo news: Why Your Pain Being All in Your Brain Isn’t a Bad Thing

Read the original research article:

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Melzack & Wall paper in Science

Ron Melzack

Thursday, November 19th 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the groundbreaking paper by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall in which they introduced the "gate control" theory of pain,  the 1965 Science article "Pain Mechanisms: A New Theory"

First Edition of the QNJPI PAIN talks

The first edition of the QNJPI Pain talks took place November 6th in Sherbrooke, a day of short presentation inspired by TED talks.  This event brought together over 80 members of the junior network, and featured a new format of presentations, not focused on research results, but rather on controversies and new advances in the pain area.  Professors Maxime Descôteaux and Serge Marchand of Université de Sherbrooke were the invited speakers.

Two prizes were given to student presenters:

1st prize: (a reservation for the 1st edition of the North American Pain School "NAPS")


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