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.
May 27, 2019

Highlights from the 2019 UTCSP Scientific Meeting

On February 28th, the UTCSP held its Annual Scientific Meeting at the Chestnut Conference Centre. This year’s theme was “Global Year in Pain: Pain in the Most Vulnerable”. After a welcome and introduction by Drs. Rob Bonin and Massieh Moayedi, attendees had the opportunity to hear from several speakers, including UTCSP faculty and trainees with expertise in both basic and clinical pain research.
Feb 28, 2019

Large-scale data analysis of pain volatility from users of the “Manage My Pain” app

The advent of technology and mobile health apps has transformed the way people monitor, manage, and communicate health-related information. For pain, “Manage My Pain” is a mobile health app used by thousands of individuals to measure and manage their pain. It also has the capacity for large-scale, real-world data collection to advance pain research, treatment, and policy. In particular, data mining and machine learning methods can be used to analyze multimodal and dynamic features as well as build models for prediction. This may ultimately help us understand how pain changes across time within users and to allow for the development of effective coping strategies. 


UTCSP Trainee Welcome Event

Thursday, October 3, 2019
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
155 College Street, Room 270, 2nd Floor

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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

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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