UTCSP eNews Update - June 16th, 2022

Please click HERE for information on recent news, upcoming seminars/webinars, and pain-related activities.

UTCSP Trainee Welcome Event!


What: UTCSP is hosting a Trainee Welcome Event for new and returning pain trainees! Come and join us for this interactive social with networking activities, awards, refreshments and light snacks. All UTCSP trainees and members welcome! Event will be in-person.
When: September 8th 2022, 5:00 pm to 6:30pm
Where: The Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto (7 Hart House Circle)
Please click HERE to RSVP for the event. 

Call for Manuscripts: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Pain

Submit a manuscript to the Canadian Journal of Pain for a special issue on:
The Future of Canadian Pain Research:  Highlighting Trainee Contributions

Deadline for submission extended to:  December 31, 2022

Click HERE for complete details and instructions

Educational Opportunity for UTCSP Trainee Members

Pain Medicine Didactic Lecture Series

The UT Centre for the Study of Pain has partnered with the Pain Medicine Subspecialty Residency Program at the University of Toronto to offer UTCSP Trainee Members participation in their educational didactic seminar series as an opportunity to learn more about clinical pain management.
The lectures are hosted by the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine on the first and third Thursday of every month from 4:00-6:00 PM (EST) via Zoom.  Participants are expected to read pre-lecture materials to maximize their learning and engage in group discussion. The lectures will cover fundamentals of pain assessment, pain management and clinical applications.

If you are interested in attending these lectures, please complete the UTCSP TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT and send them to Pilar Barrios at: Upon receipt, you will be forwarded with a list of lecture topics and Zoom information to attend the sessions.
If you have any questions, please contact Pilar at:

Pain in the News

Aug 14, 2022

Epigenetic age predictors in community-dwelling adults with high impact knee pain

Molecular Pain, Volume 18, Issue , April 2022.
Gerontological research reveals considerable interindividual variability in aging phenotypes, and emerging evidence suggests that high impact chronic pain may be associated with various accelerated biological aging processes.
Jul 11, 2022

Analgesic effect of gastrin-releasing peptide in the dorsal horn

Molecular Pain, Volume 18, Issue , April 2022.
Itch and pain are both unpleasant, but they are discrete sensations.
Jun 30, 2022

Nociceptive signaling through transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 is regulated by Cyclin Dependent Kinase 5-mediated phosphorylation of T407 in vivo

Molecular Pain, Volume 18, Issue , April 2022.
Cyclin dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) is a key neuronal kinase whose activity can modulate thermo-, mechano-, and chemo-nociception.
Jun 24, 2022

Enhancement of behavioral nociceptive responses but not itching responses by viewing mirror images in adult mice

Molecular Pain, Volume 18, Issue , April 2022.
Can mice recognize themselves in a mirror? The answer is unclear.
Jun 23, 2022

Phytochemical quercetin alleviates hyperexcitability of trigeminal nociceptive neurons associated with inflammatory hyperalgesia comparable to NSAIDs

Molecular Pain, Volume 18, Issue , April 2022.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that is widely found in fruits and vegetables.
Jun 16, 2022

Effects of Fu’s subcutaneous needling on mitochondrial structure and function in rats with sciatica

Molecular Pain, Volume 18, Issue , April 2022.
To observe the effects of Fu’s subcutaneous needling (FSN) and acupuncture treatment on the mitochondrial structure and function of the skeletal muscle tissue of rats with sciatica.