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.


Cast Your Vote!

The Institute for Child and Youth Health at CIHR is having a video competition.  For the next month, you can go on the website, view the videos and vote for your favorites

UTCSP Annual Scientific Meeting 2015

co-sponsored with the Hospital for Sick Children's Pain Centre
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning
Classroom 2a,b and Gallery, 686 Bay Street
The Hospital for Sick Children

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 

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

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.
Dec 3, 2014

No association of polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter gene with thermal pain sensation in healthy individuals

Recent studies have suggested an association between genotypes affecting the expression of the serotonin transporter and thermal pain perception and the thermal grill. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in thermal and mechanical pain perception and the thermal grill in two groups of healthy volunteers according to their genotype, associated with either high (n =40) or low (n =40) expression of the serotonin transporter and according to gender.
Dec 2, 2014

Haplotypes of P2RX7 gene polymorphisms are associated with both cold pain sensitivity and analgesic effect of fentanyl

The P2X7 receptor is a member of the P2X family of adenosine 5′-triphosphate-gated cation channels. Several recent studies have demonstrated that this receptor is involved in mechanisms related to pain and inflammation.