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CPS-Pfizer Webinar: Showcasing Early Career Grant Recipients

  • 16 Jul 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Webinar


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CPS-Pfizer Webinar: Showcasing Early Career Grant Recipients

DATE Friday, July 16, 2021

TIME Newfoundland: 12:30 - 2:00 pm  |  Atlantic: 12:00 - 1:30 pm  |  Eastern: 11:00am - 12:30 pm  Mountain: 9:00 - 10:30 am  |  Pacific: 8:00 - 9:30 am

The Canadian Pain Society (CPS) recognizes and supports outstanding contributions to pain research, education and treatment through our awards and grants program. CPS, in partnership with Pfizer Canada, has offered the Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant Program since 2014. In this exclusive CPS+ webinar moderated by Dr. Loren Martin, Drs. Lynn Gauthier, CPS Awards Committee Chair and Mireille Fernet, Medical Advisor, Pfizer Canada Inc., will describe the CPS-Pfizer Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant Program, its history, and wide-reaching impacts on pain research in Canada. It will also feature two previous grant recipients who will speak about their CPS-Pfizer funded research. Dr. Nader Ghasemlou (Basic Science recipient, 2018) will discuss a new model of spinal cord injury pain and the identification of new genes of interest. Then, Maxime Bouchard and co-presenter Lynn Gauthier (Clinical Science recipient, 2016) will speak about the lived experience of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and efforts to improve its measurement and management.

All speakers consented to session being recorded in our planning meeting.


Nader Ghasemlou, PhD

Assistant Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Biomedical & Molecular Sciences, Queen’s University; and Director of Translational Research, Chronic Pain Clinic, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Nader grew up in Montreal and completed his BSc/MSc at Queen’s University in the lab of Dr. Michael Kawaja where he studied neuronal sprouting. He obtained his PhD from McGill University, working in Dr. Samuel David’s lab, where he studied the neuroinflammatory response to spinal cord injury. He then joined Dr. Clifford Woolf’s lab at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital working to better understand the neuroimmune basis of pain. Nader started his faculty appointment at Queen’s University in 2015, where he now leads the Pain Chronobiology & Neuroimmunology Lab. His research team uses molecular, cellular, and systems biology to dissect the contribution of neuroinflammation to the development and maintenance of acute (e.g. postoperative wounds, peripheral inflammation) and chronic (e.g. multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neuropathy) pain. Work in the lab has been funded by various sources including CIHR, NSERC, and CFI. The CPS-Pfizer Early Career Pain Research Grant was instrumental to allowing his laboratory to establish a new model of spinal cord injury pain and identify new genes of interest for future studies.


Lynn Gauthier, PhD

Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé Junior 1 Research Scholar - In partnership with the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation; Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Emergency Medicine; Chair, Palliative Care Research, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval; Scientist, Research Centre of the CHU de Quebec-Université Laval, Oncology Division & Équipe de Recherche Michel-Sarrazin en Oncologie psychosociale et Soins palliatifs; Cancer Research Centre, Université Laval

Lynn completed her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Lucia Gagliese at York University and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Supportive Care at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Chair of Palliative Care Research at Laval University, Scientist in the Oncology Division of the Research Centre of the CHU de Quebec, and co-lead of the symptom management and quality of life division of the Quebec Research Network in Palliative and End of Life Care. She is also the incoming Chair of the CPS Awards Committee. Her research lies at the intersection of cancer pain and aging, and aims to improve cancer pain measurement and management and better elucidate a lifespan-developmental biopsychosocial model of cancer pain across the disease trajectory.


Maxime Bouchard

Patient partner and research advocate

Maxime is a dynamic person who likes to get involved in causes that are close to his heart. He has had several cancers since his childhood. As a result of the treatments, he is now living with an important neuropathic pain every day despite the medication. His journey led him to navigate between pediatric teams and adult services, between specialty cancer care teams and his family physician, and through the pain clinic services. With his lived experience, he has acquired a particular knowledge of the environment and life during and after cancer and of the pain management services and care offered.

Loren Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; Tier II Canada Research Chair in Translational Pain Research

Loren is a neuroscientist and Canada Research Chair in Translational Pain Research at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto in 2009. He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University where his was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Pain Society postdoctoral fellowship. He joined the faculty at the University of Toronto in 2015, where his research explores how chronic pain changes brain circuitry and aims to identify the circuits that encode pain relief.

Loren has received early career grants from the Canadian Pain Society, American Pain Society and the Ontario Ministry of Innovation. His lab is currently funded by NSERC, American Pain Society, Connaught Institute, CRC and is furnished by a CFI and NSERC RTI award. His work has appeared in top-tier academic journals with over 2500 citations and he currently has an h-index of 22.


Mireille Fernet, B.Sc., M.Sc, Pharm. D.

Medical Affairs / Affaires médicales
Internal Medicine – Médecine interne
Pfizer Canada


The CPS wishes to thank Pfizer for its support of the full CPS+ Webinar Program

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