Nov 18, 2019

UTCSP members showcase their pain research at Neuroscience 2019

From October 19 to 23 2019, the Society for Neuroscience hosted their 49th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. It was undoubtedly an important and lively event with 27,832 attendees from 75 countries, 13,677 abstract presentations, and 833 sessions. This platform provided the opportunity for UTCSP scientists and trainees to showcase their exciting research through poster and oral presentations. The three main nanosymposiums on pain this year were: 1) Pain and Itch Behavior, Circuitry, and Novel Techniques, 2) Pain Imaging and Perception, and 3) New Approaches for Pain Assessment and Treatment. UTCSP trainees were among the speakers of these sessions.
Nov 18, 2019

Project ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship: minimizing distances and amplifying evidence-based care

The Project extension for community healthcare outcomes (Project ECHO) is a bidirectional teaching strategy that aims to disseminate knowledge and to increase the implementation of best practice in primary care in remote areas. Ontario has implemented the project since 2014 as the ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship. This unique educational model offers training via videoconferencing for primary care providers (PCP) to deliver specialised care for chronic pain disorders.
Sep 13, 2019

Children with anxiety recall more pain 1 year post-surgery

When recalling post-operative pain, patients who have a negatively-biased recall of pain (i.e. recalled pain is worse than originally reported pain) are at greater risk for the development of chronic pain. In this study by UTCSP scientists, Joel Katz, Jennifer Stinson, and colleagues sought to identify risk factors that promote negatively-biased recall of post-surgical pain in children. In this prospective study, the authors followed patients at several timepoints throughout their first year post-surgery and asked whether anxiety pre- and post-surgery in children was correlated with negatively-biased recall of their post-operative pain. Specifically, they assessed 3 forms of anxiety: pain anxiety (anxiety during, or in anticipation of, pain), anxiety sensitivity (sensitivity to the symptoms experienced with anxiety), and pain catastrophizing (helplessness or magnification of pain) and three aspects of their current and recalled pain intensity: pain at rest, pain during movement, and pain unpleasantness.
Sep 13, 2019

The link between pain and memory in the medial temporal lobe

The medial temporal lobe (MTL) is primarily thought to be responsible for memory and cognition. However, several functional neuroimaging studies have shown the involvement of this brain region in both the response to experimental pain in healthy individuals and in patients with chronic pain. Interestingly, the well-known case of patient H.M., who underwent bilateral MTL resection for epilepsy, had reported an unusually high tolerance for heat pain. These previous findings suggest the involvement of the MTL in nociception and pain modulation, in addition to its well-recognized role in memory.
Jul 2, 2019

Announcing Interim Director of the UTCSP

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Robert Bonin, Assistant Professor, Lesie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy has been appointed interim Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain commencing July 1, 2019 for a 6-month commitment.  Dr. Bonnie Stevens will be stepping down from the role on June 30, 2019 at the completion of her two-terms as Director.
Jul 19, 2019


July 18, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – Pain BC and the Canadian Pain Society welcome the first report by the Canadian Pain Task Force, released to the public today by Health Canada. The report assesses the current state of chronic pain care, education and research in Canada and highlights the profound impact of chronic pain on Canadians. It notes the disparities in health care available to people with pain across the country and calls for policy coordination and resources to address existing gaps and inequities, and to improve care for all Canadians with pain.


May 27, 2019

Gabapentin upregulates GABAA receptor δ subunit – a novel mechanism of action

Gabapentin (also known as Neurontin) is clinically prescribed for the treatment of seizures, pain, and anxiety. While gabapentin is known to modulate voltage-gated calcium channels, some studies have suggested the effects of gabapentin are also dependent on GABAergic inhibition. However, gabapentin neither binds GABA receptors nor increases GABA release, thus its precise mechanisms of action remain unclear and is what UTCSP scientists, Dr. Beverly Orser, Dr. Robert Bonin, and collaborators, aimed to uncover.



We are now actively planning the 2020 University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain - Interfaculty Pain Curriculum (UTCSP-IPC) and would like to invite you to join us as a facilitator for the interprofessional small group sessions.

For full details and to register, please click on the LINK 

Trainee Opportunity!

Become a Citizen Scientist—Be a part of an IASP Presidential Task Force!
Cannabis and Pain: Systematic Review of Animal Studies
Click HERE for complete details


UTCSP Translational Seminar Series presents:
Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf, Medical Director, Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine, Children's Minnesota
(Topic Title TBA)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Health Sciences Buildig
155 College Street, Room 270

Light food and refreshments will be served


2020 Toronto Summer Institute In Pain:
The Brain Behind the Pain: from Neural Encoding to the Patient Experience.
July 13-17, 2020
Massey College
University of Toronto
Program and application details will be announced shortly

Canadian Pain Society 41st Annual Scientific Meeting

May 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

For further information, please click on the LINK

IASP 2020 World Congress On Pain

August 4-8, 2020

For further information, please click on the LINK

IASP's Global Year For Excellence In Pain Education

January marks the launch of IASP's 2018 Global Year For Excellence In Pain Education.  IASP sponsors and promotes the Global Year For Pain, which is a year-long initiative designed to raise awareness of various aspects of pain. 

For further information, please visit the IASP website