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May 10 - 13, 2022 | Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

The Call for Abstracts is Closed

Notices of acceptance will be sent out by the 1st week of January for symposia and by the end of January for posters.

The 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) will create a forum in which scientists, healthcare professionals, patients, and trainees from clinical, educational, research, policy, industry, and other settings can meet and exchange up-to-date information on pain mechanisms, assessment, and management. The SPC seeks to offer a balanced, diverse, and cutting-edge scientific program that reflects different areas of science from all members of the pain community. For the 2022 ASM, the CPS aims to return to an in-person meeting format that follows federal and provincial regulations, public health recommendations and evidence-based practice. Your participation is of the utmost importance and will be integral for the success of the CPS Annual Scientific Meeting and continued progress in pain research and management.


The CPS is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure that a face-to-face meeting is both achievable and safe. Proper protocol for COVID-19 will be followed and further details will be provided over the coming months. If it is felt a face-to-face is not possible, CPS will pivot once again to a virtual ASM. We look forward to seeing everyone again in person!

Submission Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted through the CPS abstract submission portal.
  • The submitting author of a symposium session must be a CPS member in good standing. Presenters will be limited to a maximum of two symposium presentations.
  • CPS members and non-members are eligible to also submit their work as a poster presentation.
  • Abstracts must be no more than 250 words.
  • Titles must be no more than 30 words.
  • Abstracts should be organized into the following headings: Introduction/Aim, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusions.
  • Notification regarding the acceptance of abstracts will be conveyed to submitting authors the first week of January for symposia and end of January for posters.

Note: To submit an abstract, you are required to register an account on the submission website. To do so, click 'Don't Have An Account?' on the login page.

Canadian Journal of Pain

Accepted abstracts will be printed in the online Canadian Journal of Pain, published by Taylor and Francis, and will be available for online viewing before and during the 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting. The Journal may not consider your abstract for publication if information from the abstract is missing.

Trainee Poster and Trainee Travel Awards

CPS Trainee Members who are the first/presenting author of a submitted poster abstract are eligible to submit their abstracts into the poster competition that will take place at the Annual Scientific Meeting and will also be considered for a Trainee Travel Award. To be considered for a poster and/or travel award, opt-in using the online submission portal.

Hot Topics and Poster Pitches

CPS members are eligible to submit their abstracts for consideration to be selected for inclusion in special symposia or oral presentations (i.e., Hot Topics, Poster Pitches). To submit your poster abstract for consideration, opt-in using the online submission portal. Finalists will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee and will be notified of their inclusion prior to the ASM.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Canadian Pain Society is strongly committed to diversity within its membership. Diversity strengthens both research and clinical practice in pain. We encourage participation by and for racialized persons, Black, Indigenous and people of colour, women, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disabilities, and others who bring diverse perspectives to the field of pain, as well as geographic diversity.

Symposia Abstracts

Submission deadline: CLOSED

Description: These sessions are intended to address issues in clinical practice, basic or translational science, and/or public policy. Priority for acceptance will be given to multidisciplinary proposals (e.g. including two or more presentations that represent different clinical and/or basic science disciplines) in accordance with the CPS mission. We strongly encourage submitters to consider integrating people with lived experience as chairs, speakers and/or moderators in symposia. Symposia will be normally 75 - 90 minutes in length and should be interactive and encourage attendee participation when possible. Symposia will have no more than three speakers and a chair. The symposium Chair may be one of the three speakers or a fourth individual may act as chair.

Session organizers should include and integrate people from different career stages and perspectives as part of their submission, potentially including clinicians, researchers, PWLE of pain, and/or trainees (although generally there should be no more than one trainee per symposium). Sessions that consider unique formats such as panel discussions, case studies, debates and/or interviews are highly encouraged. Any individual may be involved in a maximum of two symposium submissions either as speaker and/or chair. Symposia should typically integrate work from multiple labs/clinics/institutions.

Submission Process:

Once you have signed into the submission portal using the button below, please fill in the required fields, including one overall session abstract and an abstract of no more than 250 words for each speaker.

    Research Poster Abstracts

    Submission deadline: CLOSED

    Description: Posters can include summaries of the results of any research study (quantitative or qualitative) in the area of pain. While the results of pilot studies and abstracts with preliminary results will be considered, abstracts without any data and/or proposals will generally not be deemed suitable for acceptance.

    To submit, click the button below.

    Clinical Innovation Poster Abstracts

    Submission deadline: CLOSED

    Description: We invite submissions describing new initiatives and/or achievements in pain management in Canada or elsewhere. These could include presentations of complex cases, new clinical services, program evaluations, or other innovations in delivering pain care.

    To submit, click the button below.

    Note: To submit an abstract, you are required to register an account on the submission website.

    To do so, click 'Don't Have An Account?' on the login page.


        Please contact Loren Martin, Chair, Scientific Program Committee, at lj.martin@utoronto.ca or the Secretariat Central events team at events@secretariatcentral.com

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