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Our 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting

Attend our 2025 Meeting

May 1 — 4, 2025 at Victoria College, Toronto

Individuals interested in pain from around the world, come together to share knowledge and expertise on the latest advancements ina pain mechanisms, evaluation, and management.

Members receive priority access and special discounts for 2024 registration.

 

Public access opens soon.

Late Breaking Abstracts

Required by February 16th, 2024

The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) seeks to offer a balanced, diverse, and cutting-edge program that reflects different areas of pain science and policy from all members of the pain community.  Your participation is of the utmost importance and will be integral to the success of the CPS Annual Scientific Meeting and continued progress in pain research and management.

The National Congress

on Pain co-organized

with Health Canada

This event is held separately from the Annual Scientific Meeting. Attendees of the Annual Scientific Meeting are invited to attend at no additional cost.

Moments Captured at our Meeting

Fostering collaborative relationships and knowledge translations between research scientists, health care professionals, trainees, and persons with lived experience, all with a shared focus on pain.  

2024 Presentations

Re-live the highlights of our 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting! New videos will be uploaded each week.

All opinions expressed by the presenters are solely their own and do not reflect the opinions of the Canadian Pain Society. The views, opinions, and commentary of the presenters are for information purposes only, and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider before making any changes to your health care regimen.

September 2023

Psilocybin and Headache: Mycotic Miracle or Fungal Fantasy?

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: • Formulate an understanding of what psychedelics are. • Define the uses and conditions psilocybin responds to during treatment and why also referred to as “magic mushrooms.” • Outline potential mechanisms by which psilocybin might exert its effects and potential risks. • Explore emerging research revealed about psilocybin in preventing and treating migraine and cluster headache. • Recognize the mechanisms behind the approval process for psilocybin for clinical use in Canada.

Alex Melinyshyn

Exclusive access to the full National Pain Rounds and Pain Rounds for Trainees session videos will be granted first to our valued members. Our broader audience can enjoy our complete videos one month after the initial session airs. 

Complete 2024 Agenda

You will gain the ability to describe and critically analyze recent research on the mechanisms and management of pain with our diverse, multidisciplinary membership. You'll integrate activities and understanding that will help improve access to high-quality pain care, including preventing and treating pain more effectively.   View speaker Conflicts of Interest.

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The National Pain Congress will provide an opportunity to foster new collaborative relationships and facilitate knowledge exchange between researchers, health care professionals, trainees, people living with pain, as well as policy and decision-makers, to further describe the impacts of chronic pain on Canadians. The Congress will also help inform the path forward to implement priority actions in pain-related areas with the common overall goal of improving health outcomes for people living with pain.

Explore the Congress >>

TweetChat

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Focus on Migraine

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Presidents Gala

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Featured Events

A Special Lunch Event Hosted by The Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans

Monday, April 29th — 1310 to 1400h

Open Full Agenda >>

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#canadianpain24

Prizes for connecting online!

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Cannabinoids in Clinical Practice Conference

Tuesday April 30 — Les Saison

Open Full Agenda >>

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Presidents Gala Dinner

 — Cocktails at 1830h
 — Dinner Served at 1930h
 — Dance to follow 

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Sponsored Presentation by Avicanna

Sunday, April 28th — 0715 to 0800h

Open Agenda >>

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Sponsored Presentation by Pfizer

Sunday, April 28th — 1215 to 1300h

Open Agenda >>

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Trainee Social

Sunday April 28 — Twenty Two
An evening filled  with lively social dynamics, delicious food, and refreshing drinks, all geared towards  trainees!

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Pain Refresher Course for Practicing and Trainee Pain Medicine Physicians: A Satellite Course

Saturday, April 27th — Les Saison

Open Full Agenda >>

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✶ Plenary Speaker

Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman

Acting CMO for the First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia.

She is Anishinaabe (Mishi-Baawitigong First Nation, Treaty 5 Territory) and lives, works and plays on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University. Canada's first female Indigenous psychiatrist, Dr. Wieman has more than 20 years and clinical experience, working with Indigenous people in both rural/reserve and urban settings. Dr. Wieman served as the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) from 2016 - 2022.

✶ Plenary Speaker

Dr. Michael Salter

Senior Scientist and Emeritus Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

A Senior Scientist and Emeritus Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children, and Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto. He received his MD at the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from McGill University. Professor Salter is determining fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms of normal and pathological neuroplasticity. His discoveries have broad implications for the control of cell-cell communication throughout the nervous system. He is using his discoveries to design and develop molecules that target major cell signalling pathways in neurons and in glial cells involved in pain, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases and schizophrenia. He has won numerous awards for his work, including being named an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Distinguished Plenaries

A comprehensive (300 page) summary of the scopes, methods, results, and conclusions of all our approved poster presentations.

Poster Presentations

A deep dive into the abstracts of our keynote, plenaries, and many distinguished speakers who are presenting.

Abstracts

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Featured Concurrent Events

In collaboration with leading researchers and pain professionals, we present a curated lineup of concurrent events designed to stimulate discourse and participation. Immerse yourself in workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, offering a unique platform to exchange ideas, share breakthroughs, and shape the future of pain science. Elevate your academic journey with concurrent events that transcend traditional boundaries, unlocking new perspectives and fueling innovation.  Further events forthcoming.

The CCIC presents the 10th Annual Cannabinoids in Clinical Practice Conference

April 30th, 2024

This initiative will present the science of the endocannabinoid system, risks, efficacy, and how to approach cannabinoids as an option in patient care, as well as have educated discussions with patients about the known impacts of cannabis use on health and disease.

Review the agenda and poster session information for the CCIC conference held in collaboration with the Canadian Pain Society.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our 2024 Art Awards

The Canadian Pain Society Art Awards were created to engage a broad audience and contribute to knowledge mobilization and develop new tools for teaching and communicating about pain and its impact on social life. With a new theme each year, we showcase the variety of artwork presented by clinicians, scientists, educators, artists, and people living with pain.

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