Jul 12, 2017

Parental pain management strategies in pediatric cancer-related pain

Pediatric cancer is often associated with significant amounts of pain, a symptom which is detrimental to the child’s well-being. This pain can manifest due to painful procedures, chemotherapy, and the disease itself. As primary caregivers, parents are at the front line in helping to manage their child’s pain. However, parental pain management strategies have not been well studied.
Jul 12, 2017

PAIN Pictured illuminates how brain imaging is used to understand chronic pain

PAIN Pictured is a relatively new sub-section in PAIN, that uses elegant figures to depict the latest, important insights on the multidisciplinary nature of pain – including the biopsychosocial factors that modulate pain, its key underlying mechanisms, tools in which we can study pain, and novel findings. The overarching goal of PAIN Pictured is to provide education about pain to its broad readership in a fun and accessible way.
Jul 18, 2017

New Book!

Herpes Zoster: Postherpetic Neuralgia and Other Complications - Focus on Treatment and Prevention

There is broad interest in herpes zoster and its complications, not only from infectious disease and pain specialists, but also among general internists, family practitioners, public health departments and the public. This book has been written for wide readership and follows two earlier well used volumes.
May 16, 2017

A multidisciplinary approach to the care of chronic postsurgical pain: a case report by the Transitional Pain Service

The serious risks of opioid use (including side effects, dependence, tolerance, and overdose mortality) have raised concerns about safe opioid prescribing and management. Opioid-dependent chronic pain patients who undergo major surgery are especially vulnerable. The current postsurgical care provides little guidance and education for patients to manage their pain. The Toronto General Hospital Transitional Pain Service (TPS) is a novel team that provides specialized, multidisciplinary care for chronic postsurgical pain patients. In a recent case report, UTCSP members Dr. Hance Clarke, Dr. Joel Katz, and colleagues describe the postsurgical care by the TPS team of a patient with complex chronic pain and high opioid dependence.
May 9, 2017


Dr. C. Peter N. Watson is the 2017 recipient of the Mitchell B. Max Award from the American Academy of Neurology for his work in neuropathic pain. As a neurologist and clinician scientist he has made outstanding scientific contributions to the understanding of neuropathic pain and pharmacological treatment such as with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and diabetic neuropathy.

Mar 14, 2017

Reflecting on the 2017 UTCSP Annual Scientific Meeting

On February 28th, the UTCSP held its Annual Scientific Meeting at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. After a welcome and introduction by Drs. Hance Clarke, Rob Bonin, and Bonnie Stevens, attendees had the opportunity to hear from several speakers, including UTCSP faculty and trainees with expertise in both basic and clinical pain research.
Mar 14, 2017

Structural neuroimaging reveals the peripheral and central contributions to trigeminal neuralgia pain

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic neuropathic facial pain disorder, considered as one of the most painful conditions known to medicine. The characteristic feature of TN involves severe episodes of electric shock-like unilateral facial pain. Since a viable animal model of TN has not been established, the etiology and pathophysiological mechanisms of TN remains elusive. In a recent review article, UTCSP members Drs. Danielle DeSouza, Mojgan Hodaie, and Karen Davis discuss their body of work on how structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), can reveal peripheral and CNS abnormalities of TN.


UTCSP Trainee Welcome Event

Thursday, September 21, 2017
​4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
​155 College Street, Room 208

​For further details, please click on the LINK

11th Annual Pain & Migraine Therapeutics Summit

September 27-28, 2017
San Diego, California
Click HERE for further details

IASP's Global Year Against Pain After Surgery

January marks the launch of IASP's 2017 Global Year Against Pain After Surgery.  IASP sponsors and promotes the Global Year Against Pain, which is a year-long initiative designed to raise awareness of various aspects of pain. 

For further information, please visit the IASP website

Pain in the News

Sep 8, 2017

The chemokine receptor CXCR2 supports nociceptive sensitization after traumatic brain injury

Molecular Pain, Volume 13, Issue , January-December 2017.
Sep 8, 2017

Kindlin-1 is a key protein in hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of neuropathic pain

Molecular Pain, Volume 13, Issue , January-December 2017.
Sep 6, 2017

Threshold effect of G9a/Glp on peripheral nerve injury-induced hypersensitivity

Molecular Pain, Volume 13, Issue , January-December 2017.