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March 18, 2020: CPS Annual Scientific Meeting Cancelled


Dear CPS Community,

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting, due to take place May 19-22 in Calgary. We know that this will come as a disappointment, though not a surprise.

We have not taken this decision lightly; however, given the current state of events, and our overriding concern for the health and wellbeing of our members, and community at large, it was the only sensible course of action.

The Bright Side

Though we would love to be able to meet in person, to catch-up, shake your hand, or give you a hug, this situation presents us with an opportunity to bring you content in a new way – one that will be accessible to all, and available when it’s convenient to you.  Nothing will ever replace getting together in person (and we’re already looking forward to next year in Montreal!) but this gives us the chance to try something new and add another string to our bow.  As we speak, the Board, Leadership Team and colleagues at Base Consulting are planning ways to bring all our incredible speakers and content to a screen near you! Stay tuned!

We know you have questions…

And we have some answers, though not all, yet. Please bear with our team as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Will you refund my registration fee?

  • Yes, absolutely. Please send us an email requesting a refund. However, if you are able to do so, please consider donating those funds to our Society we would be extremely grateful. Our ASM provides much of our annual operating budget and we will feel the loss this year.

How will I get my money? How long will refunds take?

  • Funds will be returned via the method paid (either cheque or credit card). Given the volume of transactions currently taking place across all platforms, please allow several weeks to receive your funds.

Do I need to cancel my hotel reservation?

  • If you have booked a room at the Hyatt Regency Calgary, there is NO NEED to contact the hotel. They will cancel your booking automatically.
  • If you have booked a room at another hotel then please cancel directly with that hotel.

What do I do about my plane ticket? 

  • Please contact your airline directly to cancel your booking. Should you require an official cancellation notice from CPS, please contact our office.

For all other questions, please contact our hard working team at the CPS Office.

The Board and I look forward to bringing you further updates about our plans (some of which will take place during the dates of the canceled ASM, May 19-22) as and when they happen. In the meantime, please keep yourselves well.

With gratitude for your understanding,

Fiona Campbell, CPS President
On behalf of your CPS Board of Directors and Leadership Team



CPS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

Our Annual Scientific Meeting's create a forum in which scientists, healthcare professionals, and trainees from clinical, educational, research, policy and industry settings can meet and exchange up-to-date information on pain mechanisms, pain assessment, and pain management. Our events promote core values of professionalism and competency-based education and advocates on behalf of patients with acute and chronic pain. 

This year, given the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves, we will be doing things a little differently - watch this space for updates and the latest news as we develop our virtual content. 

2020 Agenda

CLICK HERE to view our at-a-Glance 2020 Agenda.





David Bennett, MB., Ph.D, Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology. Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology, Senior Wellcome Clinical Scientist, Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Research Fellow of Greem Templeton College.

"My research aim is to gain a better understanding of the response of the nervous system to injury in order to develop strategies to promote peripheral nerve repair and to prevent the development of neuropathic pain. This is complementary to my clinical interest in peripheral neuropathy and pain management.

I administer a specialist neuropathy and channelopathy clinical service at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust. I employ a multi-disciplinary approach including electrophysiology, cell culture, preclinical transgenic models and transcriptional profiling as well as biomarker, psychophysical and genetic studies in patients.

This research programme is leading to a better understanding of the signaling events which lead to neuropathic pain, improved means of patient stratification and led to new drug targets which are undergoing clinical trials.

I have been involved in understanding the genetic basis of inherited painful channelopathies (for instance familial episodic pain syndrome due to TRPA1 mutations as well as rare variants in Nav1.7) and in the description and validation of novel pain mediators such as NGF and CXCL5.

I am a member of the London Pain Consortium and I lead DOLORisk a Horizon 20.20 initiative with 11 participating centres which is investigating the risk factors and determinants of neuropathic pain. Iwas awarded an honorary Skou Professorship at the University of Aarhus 2019. "



Sarah E. Ross., Ph.D Associate Professor, Neurobiology and Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh

The spinal cord plays a critical role in processing somatosensory information—touch, temperature, pain and itch. Dr. Ross’ lab is interested in characterizing these spinal microcircuits. Dr. Ross’ research team uses a combination of approaches to dissect these neural circuits in mice:

  • Generate novel genetic tools to study populations of spinal neurons
  • Perform axon circuit mapping using viruses
  • Elucidate neural coding using optogenetics and electrophysiology
  • Study sensory behavior using chemogenetic approaches

Improved understanding of the neural basis of pain and itch is of clinical relevance to millions of people worldwide that suffer from clinical conditions, particularly chronic pain, that result from of maladaptive changes in neural circuitry

Education & Training: University of Western Ontario, BS; University of Michigan, PhD; Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research, clinical, and/or academic interests:Functional organization of spinal somatosensory circuits




Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D, is Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine, Director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) and Redlich Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Neurosciences and (by courtesy) Neurology at Stanford University.

Dr. Mackey is the Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. he received his BSE and MSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as MD from the University of Arizona. Dr. Mackey is the author of over 200 journal articles, book chapters, abstracts, and popular press pieces in addition to numerous national and international lectures.

Under Dr. Mackey’s leadership, the Stanford Pain Management Center has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Pain Society, one of only two centers to receive this honor twice. In 2011 he was a member of the Institutes of Medicine committee that issued the report on Relieving Pain in America. He is currently Co-Chair of the Oversight Committee for the NIH/Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy, an effort to establish a national health strategy for pain care, education and research.

Under Dr. Sean Mackey’s leadership, researchers at the Stanford Pain Management Center and the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) have made major advances in the understanding of chronic pain as a disease in its own right, one that fundamentally alters the nervous system. Dr. Mackey has overseen efforts to map the specific brain and spinal cord regions that perceive and process pain, which has led to the development of a multidisciplinary treatment model that translates basic science research into innovative therapies to provide more effective, personalized treatments for patients with chronic pain.

Special Lunch Session

Women in Learning & Leadership

Join us for our 2nd annual Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) session Thursday, May 21st , during our 41st Annual Scientific Meeting (Calgary; May 19-22, 2020). The WILL program has been established to provide a platform to inform, inspire, and promote women in academic, research, clinical, and policy environments related to the field of pain. We also encourage men to be engaged in the program to raise awareness and perspectives for and from men.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2020 session will include talks from three prominent figures in learning and leadership, followed by a panel discussion, and Q&A: 

Zelma Kiss, MD, PhD, FRCSC Professor of Neurosurgery, Department of Clinical Neurosciences University of Calgary

Dru Marshall, BPE, MSc, PhD Provost and Vice-President (Academic) University of Calgary

Crystal Phillips Director, Thin Air Health and Thin Air Lab; Co-founder & Director, Branch Out Neurological Foundation; Leadership Consultant, MGI Inspires; Former nationallevel speed skater

The 2019-2020 WILL platform committee is Karen Davis (chair), Melanie Noel, Natalie Osborne, Fiona Campbell, and Tuan Trang.