Oct 2, 2014

Pain in Child Health (PICH) Announcement

PICH is pleased to announce TWO exciting releases on the PICH Program.
Sep 10, 2014

Canadian Pain Coalition News Update

Lynn  Cooper, President of the Canadian Pain Coalition was interviewed by 680 News Talk Radio yesterday - September 8, 2014.  These news clips are now posted on the Canadian Pain Coalition Website, and can be accessed by clicking on the following LINK
Jul 24, 2014

A Tipping Point for Neuropathic Pain Research

Finding new treatments for neuropathic pain has thus far proved to be incredibly difficult. Many newly developed treatments in animal models have proved ineffective when translated to humans, or failed due to undesirable side effects. Dr. Stephanie Ratte from Steven Prescott’s Lab at the Hospital for Sick Children proposes in novel research why this may be the case.
Jul 29, 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Stinson, nurse clinician scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program in the SickKids Research Institute and Nurse Practitioner with the Chronic Pain Service in the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, as inaugural holder of the
Mary Jo Haddad Chair in Child Health on July 1, 2014.   In partnership with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, this Chair will create opportunities to advance pediatric nursing and generate knowledge through research that will ultimately improve current day practices and outcomes for children and adolescents


UTCSP Strategic Planning Session

Monday, November 3, 2014
12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
89 Chestnut Street Conference Centre

*Lunch will be served at 12:00

The University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain Translational Seminar Series presents:

Personality and Sex Differences in Chronic Pain 
Wednesday November 5, 2014
Room 270, 155 College Street

Conquering the Hurt: Practical Approaches to Paediatric Pain Management

November 6, 2014
The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning

Pain Interprofessional Curriculum Design


Pain Interprofessional Curriculum Design (PICD) Workshop
hosted by the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain
in association with the University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education
November 12-14, 2014

National Jeans Day for Pain

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Sponsored by the Canadian Pain Coalition

For further details please click on the LINK

Global Year Against Orofacial Pain - October 2013 - October 2014

For More Information

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

Pain in the News

Oct 9, 2014

Adenylyl cyclase subtype 1 is essential for late-phase long term potentiation and spatial propagation of synaptic responses in the anterior cingulate cortex of adult mice

Long-term potentiation (LTP) is a key cellular mechanism for pathological pain in the central nervous system. LTP contains at least two different phases: early-phase LTP (E-LTP) and late-phase LTP (L-LTP).
Oct 1, 2014

¿9-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors contribute to the maintenance of chronic mechanical hyperalgesia, but not thermal or mechanical allodynia

The current pharmacological treatments for chronic pain are limited. The first analgesic drug approved for clinical use in decades that has a novel molecular target is the synthetic version of a naturally occurring conotoxin.
Sep 24, 2014

Gabapentin reverses central hypersensitivity and suppresses medial prefrontal cortical glucose metabolism in rats with neuropathic pain

Gabapentin (GBP) is known to suppress neuropathic hypersensitivity of primary afferents and the spinal cord dorsal horn. However, its supra-spinal action sites are unclear.
Sep 22, 2014

Sustained pain-related depression of behavior: effects of intraplantar formalin and complete freund¿s adjuvant on intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) and endogenous kappa opioid biomarkers in rats

Intraplantar administration of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) and formalin are two noxious stimuli commonly used to produce sustained pain-related behaviors in rodents for research on neurobiology and treatment of pain. One clinically relevant manifestation of pain is depression of behavior and mood.
Sep 20, 2014

The prophylactic effects of a traditional Japanese medicine, goshajinkigan, on paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy and its mechanism of action

This study aimed to evaluate the prophylactic effect of goshajinkigan (GJG) on paclitaxel (PTX)-induced neuropathy and to elucidate the mechanism of action. There was a time-dependent irreversible decrease in pain threshold in PTX group.
Sep 12, 2014

Quantifying blood-spinal cord barrier permeability after peripheral nerve injury in the living mouse

Genetic polymorphisms, gender and age all influence the risk of developing chronic neuropathic pain following peripheral nerve injury (PNI). It is known that there are significant inter-strain differences in pain hypersensitivity in strains of mice after PNI.