UTCSP News

Nov 21, 2014

Toronto General Hospital program uses new methods to prevent pain killer addictions after surgery

Acupuncture, exercise, psychological techniques and non-opioid pain medications used to prevent patients from developing chronic pain.
Nov 19, 2014

Congratulations Dr. Bonnie Stevens!

Congratulations to Dr. Bonnie Stevens for her most recent achievement. On November 17 she was awarded the 2014 CIHR Knowledge Translation Award. She received her award at the Innovating Child and Family Health Conference sponsored by CIHR and IHDCYH in Ottawa.

Events

Queen Elizabeth II /Purdue Pharma Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology

Applications are now being accepted.  
Deadline:  March 31, 2015 

This competition is open to:

1. Graduate student in the Faculty of Medicine who is studying in the area of pain and working with a member of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain.

2. Second preference would be given to a graduate student in the University of Toronto who is studying in the area of pain and working with a member of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain.

Click HERE for full details and application forms. 

Canadian Pain Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting

May 20-23, 2015
The Delta Prince Edward Hotel
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
For more information and to register, please click on the LINK

Pain Management: The Role of Opioids, Addiction Medicine and "End of Life" Decisions

12th Annual Pain Day Event - Queen's University
June 18, 2015

This is a multidisciplinary conference featuring leading experts in chronic pain management
For program details and to register, please click on the LINK

IASP Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain

October 20, 2014 marks the launch of IASP's 2014/15 Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain.  IASP sponsors and promotes the Global Year Against Pain, which is a year-long initiative designed to raise awareness of various aspects of pain. 

Pain in the News

Feb 12, 2015

Attenuation of inflammatory and neuropathic pain behaviors in mice through activation of free fatty acid receptor GPR40

The G-protein-coupled receptor 40 (GPR40) is suggested to function as a transmembrane receptor for medium- to long-chain free fatty acids and is implicated to play a role in free fatty acids-mediated enhancement of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion from pancreas. However, the functional role of GPR40 in nervous system including somatosensory pain signaling has not been fully examined yet.
Feb 12, 2015

Analgesia for neuropathic pain by dorsal root ganglion transplantation of genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells: initial results

Cell-based therapy may hold promise for treatment of chronic pain. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are readily available and robust, and their secretion of therapeutic peptides can be enhanced by genetically engineering.
Feb 12, 2015

Types of skin afferent fibers and spinal opioid receptors that contribute to touch-induced inhibition of heart rate changes evoked by noxious cutaneous heat stimulation

In anesthetized rats and conscious humans, a gentle touch using a soft disc covered with microcones (with a texture similar to that of a finger), but not with a flat disc, inhibits nociceptive somatocardiac reflexes. Such an inhibitory effect is most reliably evoked when touch is applied to the skin ipsilateral and closest to nociceptive inputs.
Feb 1, 2015

Spinal autophagy is differently modulated in distinct mouse models of neuropathic pain

Autophagy is a homeostatic degradative process essential for basal turnover of long-lived proteins and organelles as well as for removal of dysfunctional cellular components. Dysregulation of the autophagic machinery has been recently associated to several conditions including neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, but only very few studies have investigated its role in pain processing.
Jan 6, 2015

Viral vectors encoding endomorphins and serine histogranin attenuate neuropathic pain symptoms after spinal cord injury in rats

The treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI)-induced neuropathic pain presents a challenging healthcare problem. The lack of available robust pharmacological treatments underscores the need for novel therapeutic methods and approaches.
Jan 5, 2015

Protein kinase C¿ mediates histamine-evoked itch and responses in pruriceptors

Itch-producing compounds stimulate receptors expressed on small diameter fibers that innervate the skin. Many of the currently known pruritogen receptors are Gq Protein-Coupled Receptors (GqPCR), which activate Protein Kinase C (PKC).