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  2022 Award Winners

Distinguished Career Award

The Distinguished Career Award recognizes longstanding contributions to pain research and/or management.

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Ph.D., ABPP, FCAHS

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Ph.D., FCAHS, is the Research Chair in Aging and Health and Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Regina. With a primary focus on pain in dementia, his work has emphasized development/validation of observational pain assessment approaches, widely cited clinical consensus guidelines, knowledge translation (e.g., resources for patients, web-based training for clinicians), pain self-management, biopsychosocial model development, policy studies and development of advanced technologies to facilitate pain assessment in older adults. Professor Hadjistavropoulos has been funded through a succession of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and AGE WELL Network of Centres of Excellence.  He has published close to 250 peer reviewed articles and book chapters as well as 7 books. He is Editor-in-Chief of Ethics & Behavior.

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award recognizes outstanding achievements in pain research and/or management by an individual at the early stage of his or her career. 

Katie Birnie, PhD RPsych

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Birnie is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine, and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary where she leads the Partnering For Pain program. She is the Associate Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a national knowledge mobilization network working to improve evidence-based children’s pain management through coordination and collaboration. Dr. Birnie joined Alberta Children’s Hospital as a medical psychologist in 2018, where she continues to provide clinical care through the Vi Riddell Children’s Pain and Rehabilitation Program.

Dr. Birnie is a recognized leader in pain research and patient partnership, for which she has received national and international accolades. She was the recipient of the 2020 Pain Awareness Award from the Canadian Pain Society and was selected as a 2020-2021 MAYDAY Fellow, a prestigious fellowship focused on communications and advocacy for improved pain care. Dr. Birnie’s Partnering For Pain research program engages strong partnerships with youth, families, healthcare professionals, decision-makers, and community organizations to improve the assessment and management of pain in children. She has published more than 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds research funds from the Canadian Pain Society, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit, and the Chronic Pain Network.

Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award

The Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award is presented annually at the CPS Annual Scientific Meeting to a researcher and/or clinician who consistently exemplifies outstanding mentorship in the training of future pain researchers and/or clinicians. 

Jeffrey S. Mogil, PhD, FCAHS, FRSC

Jeffrey S. Mogil is currently the E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies and the Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of Pain at McGill University, and the past Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for the Study of Pain. Dr. Mogil has made seminal contributions to the field of pain genetics and is the author of many major reviews of the subject, including an edited book, The Genetics of Pain (IASP Press, 2004). He is also a recognized authority in the fields of sex differences in pain and analgesia, and pain testing methods in the laboratory mouse. Dr. Mogil is the author of over 270 journal articles and book chapters since 1992 and has given almost 400 invited lectures in that same period. His h-index is currently 91. He has trained almost 30 graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars, over 170 undergraduate research assistants, and lectures on pain to over 400 undergraduates every year. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award from the American Pain Society, the Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Early Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society, the SGV Award from the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association, the Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award from the American Pain Society, and the Donald O. Hebb Award from the Canadian Psychological Association. He recently served as a Councilor at IASP and was the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the 13th World Congress on Pain.

Pain Awareness Award

The CPS presents the Pain Awareness Award to the candidate(s) with the Best Pain Awareness Project. The goals of the award are to raise awareness of the problem of undermanaged pain in Canada, to highlight efforts towards finding solutions to the problem, and to reach a wide Canadian audience. 

Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)

Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) is a national knowledge mobilization network, hosted at Dalhousie University and co-led by Children’s Healthcare Canada. SKIP’s mission is to improve children's pain management by mobilizing evidence-based solutions through coordination and collaboration, and SKIP’s vision is healthier Canadians through better pain management for children. Using a Patients Included approach, and with five Regional Hubs across Canada, SKIP works with over 100 multi-sector partners to: 1) identify and fill gaps; 2) produce and promote tools; 3) facilitate institutional change; 4) raise awareness and create urgency. In its first 2 years since inception, SKIP’s key pain awareness activities include: a) a bilingual website and active social media engagement across platforms; b) delivery of presentations and workshops at >50 events; and c) >75 media outreach activities and engagements. Through these activities SKIP has directly reached >1.4 million people to raise awareness about pain in children and its consequences, increasing public support and expectation for evidence-based pain management.

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