Mar 16, 2018

Reviewing psychological interventions for post-surgical pain

Chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP) is pain following surgery that persists beyond the expected recovery period, and which cannot be explained by known biological causes. Psychological and behavioural interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based psychotherapy can reduce pain, distress, and disability associated with CPSP. Recently, strong evidence has been presented suggesting that psychological intervention could be an important part of the surgical process, and could assist patients who are pre- or post-surgery from ever developing pathological pain. However, the body of literature on behavioural interventions for CPSP is limited. UTCSP members Dr. Joel Katz and Dr. Hance Clarke, lead author Dr. Judith L. Nicholls, and colleagues performed a systemic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on psychological interventions for CPSP.
Mar 16, 2018

Defining the Diversity of Pain Processing Neurons in the Spinal Cord

The superficial dorsal horn (SDH) of the spinal cord is responsible for the relaying of all pain information from the periphery up to the brain where it becomes part of our sensory experience. However, the neurons in these layers do not just serve as a relay station, but also as a hub. The vast majority of neurons in these layers are actually interneurons that receive and process pain information, in a complicated network of excitatory and inhibitory communication. The exact function and structure of this network is still being investigated, however deficits in inhibition and overexcitation have been implicated in the manifestation of clinical chronic pain symptoms.
Mar 16, 2018


The Mayday Fund recently announced the winners of the Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship. Twelve pain experts were selected to the Fellowship program, which is focused on communication and advocacy for improvement of pain care.  Among the winners of this prestigious award are UTCSP members Fiona Campbell, Andrea Furlan and David Lam.
Jan 3, 2018

Predicting treatment response in trigeminal neuralgia using diffusion tensor imaging

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a chronic neuropathic facial pain disorder, characterized by excruciating, shock-like attacks of pain. When medications do not offer adequate relief for these patients, neurosurgical treatments are often considered. However, up to 20% of patients still do not experience relief even after surgical intervention. The ability to predict which patients are likely to respond to surgical intervention, and which would not would greatly optimize treatment planning and enable individual pain management.  In a recent paper, UTCSP members Peter Shih-Ping Hung, Dr. Karen Davis, Dr. Mojgan Hodaie, and colleagues investigate the use of diffusion tensor imaging to predict long-term pain relief in TN patients that undergo neurosurgical treatment.
Jan 3, 2018

Effect of pain and glucose administration on brain development in premature babies

Preterm infants undergo many procedures in neonatal intensive care units, with oral glucose often being given as an analgesic. Procedural pain is associated with a myriad of long-term consequences. However, very little is known regarding the precise developmental influences of pain in neonates and whether glucose can mitigate these adverse effects.
Oct 3, 2017

Opioids: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...

Presentation by A.J. Lanca, MD, PhD
Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, University of Toronto
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.


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Interprofessional Pain Education: Moving the Agenda Forward
Thursday, September 27 from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Eastern (US) Time

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UTCSP Trainee Welcome Event

September 27, 2018
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
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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. 

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