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.
Nov 4, 2014

Pain Squad App Now Available!

The Pain Squad App was developed by the iOUCH research team at The Hospital for Sick Children to help kids with cancer track their pain.  It is now available worldwide the in the Apple App Store.
Oct 2, 2014

Pain in Child Health (PICH) Announcement

PICH is pleased to announce TWO exciting releases on the PICH Program.


UTCSP Annual Scientific Meeting 2015

Co-sponsored by The Hospital for Sick Children's Pain Centre
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Event Room 2ab, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning
686 Bay Street

This event is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP by clicking on the following LINK

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. 

Institute of Advancing Pain Assessment and Management

February 19 & 20, 2015
This two day program is offered by the Centre for Professional Development, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
To register online and for more information please click on the LINK 

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

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

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).
Dec 15, 2014

Genetic, epigenetic, and mechanistic studies of temporomandibular disorders and overlapping pain conditions

Leaders in the fields of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and its accompanying overlapping pain conditions presented their latest findings at the Seventh Scientific Meeting of The TMJ Association, September 7–9, 2014, in Bethesda, MD. The meeting was co-sponsored by The TMJ Association and the National Institutes of Health.
Dec 10, 2014

Expression of gastrin-releasing peptide by excitatory interneurons in the mouse superficial dorsal horn

Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and its receptor have been shown to play an important role in the sensation of itch. However, although GRP immunoreactivity has been detected in the spinal dorsal horn, there is debate about whether this originates from primary afferents or local excitatory interneurons.
Dec 9, 2014

Variability in C-type lectin receptors regulates neuropathic pain-like behavior after peripheral nerve injury

IntroductionNeuropathic pain is believed to be influenced in part by inflammatory processes. In this study we examined the effect of variability in the C-type lectin gene cluster (Aplec) on the development of neuropathic pain-like behavior after ligation of the L5 spinal nerve in the inbred DA and the congenic Aplec strains, which carries seven C-type lectin genes originating from the PVG strain.
Dec 5, 2014

NMP-7 inhibits chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain via block of Cav3.2 T-type calcium channels and activation of CB2 receptors

T-type calcium channels and cannabinoid receptors are known to play important roles in chronic pain, making them attractive therapeutic targets. We recently reported on the design, synthesis and analgesic properties of a novel T-type channel inhibitor (NMP-7), which also shows mixed agonist activity on CB1 and CB2 receptors in vitro.