Virtual Trainee Workshop: Paths to Academia, The Value of Mentorship, and Understanding the Lived Experience of Persistent Pain
RECORDED Tuesday, August 11, 2020
This CPS+ webinar is geared towards trainee members of the CPS across research and clinical disciplines. It will cover a range of topics, including reflections and lessons learned on pursuing a career in academia (Nader Ghasemlou, PhD), a discussion on the value of mentorship (Lynn Gauthier, PhD), and a description of experiences with patient engagement in research and implications for pain research trainees (Keith Meldrum). There will also be a Q&A period at the end of the webinar where attendees can ask questions to the panelists. This webinar will be moderated by Carley Ouellette (Co-Chair of the CIHR SPOR Chronic Pain Network Training and Mentoring Committee) and Kyle Vader (Trainee Representative of Canadian Pain Society).
Lynn Gauthier, PhD
Lynn obtained her PhD in 2013 from York University working under the supervision of Dr. Lucia Gagliese. She then undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Chair of Palliative Care Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, and a Scientist with the Oncology Division of the Research Centre of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval and the Université Laval Cancer Research Centre. She is also the co-director of the Symptom Management and Quality of Life division of the Quebec Research Network in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Her research program focuses on improving cancer pain measurement and management and better elucidating a lifespan-developmental biopsychosocial model of cancer pain across the cancer trajectory.
Nader Ghasemlou, PhD
Nader is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s University. The ultimate goal Dr. Ghasemlou’s research lab is to help identify new non-opioid therapeutic targets to reduce pain and help improve the lives of those living with pain. Projects in the lab are supported by CIHR and the SPOR Chronic Pain Network, NSERC, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Canadian Pain Society, and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, among others.
Keith Meldrum, AScT, RTMgr
Keith is a persistent pain advocate with a focus on the integration of the lived experiences and patient narratives into the understanding and management of pain. His work highlights the importance of pain science (the biological, psychological, and sociological elements of pain), addresses the need to consider the totality of people’s pain experiences through holistic patient-centred care, and the importance of the developing and integrating patient partners in education, research, and system change. He has lived with chronic neuropathic pain for over 30 years due to a near fatal motor vehicle accident.
Carley Ouellette, RN, MSc
Carley currently serves as co-chair of the CIHR SPOR Chronic Pain Network (CPN) Training and Mentoring Committee and Pediatric Chronic Pain Registry, representing the role of persons with lived experience (PWLE). Carley completed a Master of Science in Nursing studying digital health under the supervision of Dr. Michael McGillion in May 2020. Carley is currently a registered nurse working at Hamilton Health Sciences on the Cardiac Surgical Unit.
Kyle Vader, PT, PhD Candidate
Kyle Vader currently serves as Trainee Representative for the Canadian Pain Society. He is a physiotherapist in an interprofessional chronic pain program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre and PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University. His doctoral thesis is focused on interprofessional management of chronic low back pain within team-based primary care.
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