Early Life Adversity and Pain
DATE Wednesday, December 2, 2020
TIME Newfoundland: 4:30 - 6:30 pm | Atlantic: 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Eastern: 3:00 - 5:00 pm | Mountain: 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Pacific: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
All speakers consented to session being recorded in our planning meeting.
Early life trauma can lead to pain problems, which can persist for generations. Yet, science is only beginning to uncover how trauma ‘gets under the skin’ to ignite pain problems. This CPS+ webinar will discuss research and clinical practice implications of the role of trauma (i.e., adverse childhood experiences [ACEs], PTSD) on pain. New data will be presented on ACEs and intergenerational transmission of risk in pediatric chronic pain as well as translational data on tri-generational transmission of risk from parent/grandparent ACEs to pain in the next generation of children. The neuroscience/"brain story" of how ACEs alters brain development will be explored as well as what trauma informed care is and how it can be applied to pain care. Importantly, this webinar will feature a patient advocate who will speak about intergenerational trauma and pain based on her own powerful lived experience.
Marco Battaglia, MD
Dr. Marco Battaglia is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the Associate Chief of the Division of Child Youth and Emerging Adult Programme at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His interests fall broadly into Developmental Psychopathology and Genetic Epidemiology. He has an interest in preclinical and translational models of early adversities in rodents and man.
Billie Jo Bogden, CEO PEOPLE Centre
Billie Jo has a background in policy, communications and intergovernmental affairs. She is currently working on a collective action project to address gaps in education and awareness both within the health care sector and the community. Advocating for patient rights, she supports a more active participation in the development of patient treatment plans and the integration of care for patients living with chronic pain.
Billie Jo is a past Co-Chair of the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Oriented Research Committee.
Sheri Madigan, PhD, R.Psych
Dr. Sheri Madigan is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development at the University of Calgary and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Madigan's research is primarily focused on understanding how early adverse experiences can hinder children’s language, learning and behavior. She is also interested in understanding why some children show resilience to adversities, while others remain vulnerable. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles describing innovative methods and approaches to understanding determinants of child development. She is the recent recipient of the World Association for Infant Mental Health Early Career Award. Her work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail. Dr. Madigan is also the child development expert for CTV Morning Live Calgary, providing monthly segments on topics related to parenting and child development.
Melanie Noel, PhD, R.Psych
Dr. Melanie Noel is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and a Full Member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. She directs the Alberta Children’s Pain Research Lab. Dr. Noel’s expertise is on children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. She published guiding conceptual models of children’s pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain, and fear-avoidance (109 peer-reviewed papers, H index = 31). In recognition of her contributions to advancing knowledge of the psychological aspects of children’s pain, Dr. Noel received early career awards from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the Canadian Pain Society, the American Pain Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She was named Avenue Magazine Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 (Class of 2017) and a Killam Emerging Research Leader (2020).
Nicole Sherren, PhD
Dr. Nicole Sherren has a PhD in Neuroscience and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research expertise includes experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole left academia in 2007 to focus on mobilizing this knowledge into public policy and professional practice. Over the past decade she has provided professional development, consultation, and coaching to professionals in education, health care, justice, and the non-profit sector to help them apply this science in their own settings. She is the former Scientific Director of the Palix Foundation and continues to collaborate with Palix as a trusted representative. Nicole is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for Calgary Alpha House Society.
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