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Recorded Thursday, January 14, 2021
This CPS+ webinar will spotlight research being conducted by up-and-coming pain research trainees. Speakers include Haoyi Qiu (undergraduate student at McGill University), Churmy Fan (research technician at University of Calgary), Shannon Tansley (PhD candidate at McGill University), Megan Miller (postdoctoral research fellow at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis), Alberto Herrero Babiloni (PhD candidate at McGill University), and Mia McLean (postdoctoral research fellow at University of British Columbia). Each speaker will provide a brief 10-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A period where attendees can ask questions to the speakers. This webinar will be moderated by Kyle Vader (Trainee Representative of Canadian Pain Society).
This session will be recorded.
Haoyi Qiu, McGill University
Topic: A novel chemo-/opto-genetic tool for the bidirectional control of neuronal activity in freely moving mice.
Haoyi Qiu is from Calgary, Alberta and moved to Montreal to pursue undergraduate studies in physiology and mathematics. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree at McGill University. Her primary research area is on the mechanisms behind spinal cord pain processing.
Churmy Fan, University of Calgary
Topic: Sexual Dimorphism in the Role of Microglial Pannexin-1 in Neuropathic Pain.
Churmy Fan defended her PhD thesis in February this year and is currently a research technician in the Trang Lab at the University of Calgary where she continues her study in sex differences in pain mechanisms.
Shannon Tansley, McGill University
Topic: Microglia-mediated loss of perineuronal nets around lamina I spinoparabrachial neurons promotes hypersensitivity in mice.
Shannon Tansley is a PhD candidate at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Khoutorsky and Dr. Mogil. Her dissertation focuses on transcriptional states of microglia after peripheral nerve injury, and how microglia remodel the extracellular matrix in the spinal cord dorsal horn.
Megan Miller, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Topic: Pediatric Pain: A New Frontier for Using Virtual Patient Technology to Assess Provider Decision Making.
Megan Miller is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Her research seeks to better understand: 1) psychosocial factors (e.g., pain-related injustice, coping strategies, and resilience) that influence pain and functioning in children/adolescents with pain, and 2) sociocultural factors that facilitate and impede the delivery of guideline-concordant care for children/adolescents with pain.
Alberto Herrero Babiloni, McGill University
Topic: Do sleep problems contribute to problematic opioid use among patients with chronic pain on long-term opioid therapy?
Alberto Herrero Babiloni is a DDS, MS trained in orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine at the University of Minnesota who is currently pursuing a PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. His current research is focused on non-invasive methods to improve chronic orofacial pain and opioid related outcomes.
Mia McLean, University of British Columbia
Topic: Early Pain Exposure in Children Born Very Preterm: Neonatal Brain Connectome and Parenting in Relation to Child Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms
Mia McLean is a CIHR and Michael Smith Foundation Health Research (MSFHR) Postdoctoral Research Fellow currently supervised by Professor Ruth Grunau at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of British Columbia. Dr. McLean’s research examines how exposure to neonatal procedural pain during hospitalization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit impacts multiple biological systems (brain, physiological stress) to shape trajectories of anxiety/depressive symptom development in children born very preterm (24 - 32 weeks gestation) using a longitudinal statistical modelling approach.
Kyle Vader, Queen’s University
Kyle Vader is a physiotherapist in an interprofessional chronic pain clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s University, and the current Trainee Representative of the Canadian Pain Society.
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