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CPS Board of Directors 2020
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PRESIDENT (2020 - 2022)

Karen D. Davis, PhD, FCAHS

Dr. Karen Davis is a translational neuroscientist in the field of pain and brain imaging. She is a Full Professor at the University of Toronto, and Head of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour at the Krembil Brain Institute (Toronto Western Hospital, UHN). She is a founding member of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain and sits on its executive committee.

Karen pioneered electrophysiological and brain imaging approaches to study mechanisms of pain. Her "dynamic pain connectome" concept (Trends in Neuroscience, 2015) has advanced understanding of individual factors to predict treatment outcomes and develop personalized pain management strategies. She also has worked collaboratively with experts from around the world on pain classifications and most recently to produce a consensus report on pain biomarkers (Nature Reviews Neurology, 2020). She has given over 180 invited lectures, published over 185 papers with 19,000+ citations and an H-index of 73, and has held many leadership positions to advance research and education. She serves on the CIHR INMHA Institute Advisory Board, is a principle investigator of the Canadian Chronic Pain Network SPOR, and held editorial positions at Pain and other journals. She has also served as councillor of the I9nternational Association for the Study of Pain, chaired their fellowships/grants/awards committee, and spearheaded training to foster pain management leaders in developing countries.

Karen has a strong interest in education and knowledge translation and her TED-Ed video "How does your brain respond to pain?" has 2 million views. She is also active in research ethics, created a graduate student oath, was co-editor of the book “Pain Neuroethics and Bioethics” (2018), and chaired the IASP task force on the use brain imaging to diagnosis pain that culminated in published recommendations (Nature Reviews Neurology, 2017). Karen was a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow, was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and her honours include the CPS mentorship award and CPS distinguished career award.


PRESIDENT-ELECT (2020 - 2022)

John Xavier Pereira MD CM CCFP CIME CEDIR VI

Dr. John Xavier Pereira is the Immediate Past President of the Pain Society of Alberta and was a Founding Co-Chair of the Alberta Pain Strategy. He is a past Ronald Melzack Fellow of the McGill Pain Center and has spoken on the topic of chronic pain both nationally and internationally, including at the Centers for Disease Control, ANZCA Auckland, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic. He represented Western Canada on the committee of physicians who wrote our country’s National Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. Dr. John Pereira was the physician lead of FibroFOCUS, an interdisciplinary chronic pain program that won a 2016 Patient Experience Award from the Health Quality Council of Alberta.  He is a member of the Canadian Pain Task Force's External Advisory Panel and has personally visited more than fifty pain clinics worldwide to learn best practices.


PAST PRESIDENT (2020 - 2022)

Fiona Campbell, BSc, MD, FRCA

Dr. Fiona Campbell is an anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.  She is Co-Director of the Pain Centre at SickKids, and in this role leads in developing strategic initiatives to improve pain outcomes for children. She Co-chairs the Ontario Pediatric Chronic Pain Advisory Network in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health - with the aim of developing a provincial strategy to improve services for children with Chronic Pain. She has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Pain Society.

Her clinical focus is in perioperative pain management, and also in the evaluation and treatment of complex chronic pain in children/adolescents and to this end works in SickKids Interprofessional Chronic Pain Program.

Her research programs include (i) utilizing Quality Improvement methodology to improve pain outcomes for hospitalized children, and (ii) identifying risk factors involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain. Fiona has recently won a SickKids Innovation competition, which will enable her to develop an app so that kids will be able to monitor postoperative pain management in real time on smartphones.


SECRETARY (2020 - 2023)

Tuan Trang, PhD.

Tuan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. His research is directed towards unlocking the mysteries of chronic pain, and how to better treat it.  By understanding the cellular and molecular causes of chronic pain, his goal is to develop better pain therapies and to improve the safety of opioid drugs.

Tuan has received Young Investigator Awards from CIHR, the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, and Canadian Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He has also gained international recognition from the American Pain Society, Rita Allen Foundation, and the International Narcotics Research Conference. Tuan has served on the scientific program committee for the Canadian Pain Society since 2012 and is excited to work with the board and the scientific committee to shape upcoming meetings for the society.

TREASURER (2019 - 2022)

Mojgan Hodaie, MD MSc FRCSC FAANS

Dr. Mojgan Hodaie is staff neurosurgeon at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, and holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. Her subspecialty training and practice is in the field of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery as well as Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, where she serves as the Surgical co-Director of the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Family Gamma Knife Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital.  Dr. Hodaie’s research focuses primarily on structural MRI imaging in functional neurosurgery, with a special focus in neuropathic pain.  She has published key papers focusing on microstructural changes in trigeminal neuralgia, methods of small fiber tractography and structural neuroanatomical changes in the CNS gray and white matter in facial neuropathic pain. 

The Hodaie lab’s innovative approach to the study of pain has been recognized with multiyear peer reviewed funding including operating grants from Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Her teaching awards include the Bernard Langer Surgeon Scientist award by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Division of Neurosurgery Alan Hudson Faculty teaching award for 2013 and most recently, the Institute of Medical Science Course Director award in 2017. She is and officer, past treasurer and current vice-secretary of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN), as well as Chair of the Scientific Committee for WSSFN meetings in Mumbai 2015 and Berlin 2017.


Board Appointed Director

Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych

Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych 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 within the Vi Riddell Pain & Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Noel’s expertise is on children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. She published conceptual models of children’s pain memory development, co-occurring PTSD and chronic pain, and fear-avoidance (95 peer-reviewed papers, H index = 29). 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, the Canadian Pain Society, the American Pain Society, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She was Avenue Magazine’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40. 


Board Appointed Director

Loren Martin, PhD.

Dr. Loren Martin 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. 




Mike Hildebrand, PhD.

Dr. Mike Hildebrand completed his PhD in cellular neuroscience in Terry Snutch’s lab at UBC. Following this, Dr. Hildebrand pursued an industrial R&D fellowship at Zalicus Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver, where he developed a rodent spinal cord recording assay for Zalicus’ preclinical pain research program. To further expand his expertise in spinal pain processing, Dr. Hildebrand then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Mike Salter’s lab at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Hildebrand is now leading a translational pain research program as an Associate Professor at Carleton University, where his team is studying both acute and chronic pain processing using animal and human tissue pain models.



Lynn Gauthier, PhD

Dr. Lynn Gauthier is Assistant Professor of Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. She is also a regular researcher in the oncology axis of the CHU of Quebec-Laval University Research Centre, as well as in the Michel-Sarrazin Research Team in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care (ERMOS). She is also co-director of the Axis 1 of the Quebec Research Network in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (RQSPAL) and a regular member of the Quebec Pain Research Network. She completed her PhD at the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University in Toronto in 2013 and her postdoctoral at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in 2016. Her research goals are at the intersection of pain and aging. Her main objective is to improve the assessment and management of pain during adulthood, particularly in the elderly population. Lynn aims to deepen our understanding of pain, its management, as well as to identify ways to improve it in order to reduce patients’ suffering.

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Sarasa Tohyama

Sarasa completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Mogil. She is currently a PhD student in Medical Science under the supervision of Dr. Mojgan Hodaie at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the utility of brain imaging techniques to advance clinical decision making for chronic pain patients.

Sarasa is a recipient of numerous doctoral scholarships, including the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) from CIHR, Queen Elizabeth II/Purdue Pharma Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain (UTCSP) Pain Scientist Scholarship, and Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 




Kyle Vader, PT, BHSc (Hons), MScPT, PhD Student (Rehabilitation Science)

Kyle is a physiotherapist in an interprofessional chronic pain clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, graduate of the Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research-Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) Program through Western University, and PhD student in Rehabilitation Science under the supervision of Dr. Jordan Miller at Queen’s University.

Kyle’s clinical and research interests include musculoskeletal pain, rehabilitation, interprofessional collaboration, primary healthcare, and knowledge translation. Kyle is a current recipient of a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Kyle is also actively involved in his community, currently serving on the Communications Executive for the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as well as District President of the Quinte-St. Lawrence District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. 


 CPS Past Presidents 

1976-1979    Richard Catchlove

1979-1982    Ramon Evans

1982-1985    Ian Purkis

1985-1988    James Henry

1988-1991    Harold Merskey

1991-1994    Ronald Tasker

1994-1997    Kenneth Craig

1997-2000    John Clark

2000-2003    Celeste Johnston

2003-2005    Gary Rollman

2005-2007    Roman Jovey

2007-2009    Barry Sessle

2009-2011    Mary Lynch

2011-2012    M. Catherine Bushnell

2012-2014    Judy Watt-Watson

2014-2016    Gilles Lavigne

2016-2018    Brian Cairns

2018-2020  Fiona Campbell 


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