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2021 Annual Scientific Meeting
28-30 April 2021

Our Annual Scientific Meeting's create a forum in which scientists, healthcare professionals, and trainees from clinical, educational, research, policy and industry settings can meet and exchange up-to-date information on pain mechanisms, pain assessment, and pain management. Our events promote core values of professionalism and competency-based education and advocates on behalf of patients with acute and chronic pain.

This year, given the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves, we will be doing things a little differently - below is a taste of what to expect but watch this space for updates and the latest news as we develop our program!

CPS ASM 2021 by the Numbers: 

  • 1 Remarkable Keynote 
  • 1 Distinguished Career Lecture
  • 1 Early Career Lecture
  • 2 Outstanding Plenary Speakers
  • 3 Days of Exceptional Content 
  • 10 Provinces & 3 Territories
  • 20+ Symposia/Workshop Sessions
  • 100+ Posters 
  • Endless opportunities to network, discuss, and ask questions



Early Bird 

until March 15th


March 16th onward

 Member  $210 $235 
 Non-Member  $390  $435
 Trainee Member  $99  $110
 PWLE* See below   

*PWLE - People with Lived Experience of Chronic Pain

If you are a lay-person with lived experience of chronic plain and would like to attend our keynote and plenary speaker sessions (5 in total), we have created a low-cost option for you.

  • $40 dollars +tax
  • Five sessions (live and post-session recordings):
    • Dr. David Bennett – Mary Ellen Jeans Keynote Address
    • Dr. Sarah Ross – Basic Science Plenary Speaker
    • Dr. Sean Mackay – Clinical Lecture Plenary Speaker
    • Distinguished Career Award Keynote
    • Early Career Award Keynote

If you would like to apply for this option, please email our office.  Note: tickets for this option are limited.

To register click here

Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Mary Ellen Jeans Keynote Lecture

Dr. David Bennett, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Research Highlights:

  • Genetic basis of inherited painful channelopathies such as familial episodic pain syndrome.
  • Identification of signaling events which lead to neuropathic pain.
  • Improved means of patient stratification.
  • Identification and assessment of new pain therapeutics using clinical trials.

Basic Science Plenary

Dr. Sarah Ross, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

Research Highlights:

  • Neural circuits of itch and pain
  • Generate novel genetic tools to study populations of spinal neurons
  • Perform axon circuit mapping using viruses
  • Elucidate neural coding using optogenetics and electrophysiology

Clinical Lecture Plenary

Dr. Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Redlich Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Research Highlights:

  1. Characterizing central nervous system mechanisms of the human pain experience and its modulation and using this to develop biomarkers
  2. Development and use of an open-source learning healthcare system (CHOIR) to transform the care of people with pain, and serve as a platform for innovative research in real-world clinic patients.
  3. Novel therapies for pain including transcranial magnetic stimulation, virtual reality, psychological and pharmacological therapies.

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