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A discussion between scientists, health professionals, educators, and pain advocates on a myriad of topics related to chronic pain. Offering a platform for innovative minds to bring forward inspiring ideas and discover solutions to help you in your practice.  

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National Pain Rounds

Introducing National Pain Rounds for Trainees!  See the Schedule >

June National Pain Rounds

The Science of Pain - Learning from Human Cells 

Human cell research is pivotal in the pain space as it offers unparalleled insights into the underlying molecular mechanisms by bridging the gap between traditional preclinical animal models of pain and those that suffer from pain in society. Fundamental research findings using these new human tissue approaches can lead towards the development of targeted therapies. Engaging people with lived experience in this research is crucial as it ensures that the research is focused on what people actually need, leading to better health and a happier life for those dealing with pain. We will discuss some promising human cell research in development in our labs, highlighting how people with lived experience have been involved in these studies.

Dr. Bradley Kerr received his BSc in Psychology from McGill University. He then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of London-King’s College in the UK. His PhD research was aimed at understanding the role of novel modulatory peptides, growth factors and pro-inflammatory cytokines in persistent pain. Dr. Kerr went on to do postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology and at McGill University where his work focused on studying inflammatory responses after nervous system injury. Dr. Kerr joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2007 and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Psychiatry. The focus of research in his lab is aimed at addressing the mechanisms of chronic pain after injury or disease with a major focus on chronic pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

Bradley Kerr

Professor Zameel Cader is the Director of the Oxford Headache Centre and a Consultant Neurologist. He is Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Discovery, Oxford. He is founder and director for Oxford StemTech and Human-Centric. He undertook medical training at Birmingham and Oxford and completed a PhD in neurogenetics at the University of Oxford. He has previously led StemBANCC and now leads IM2PACT – a large public-private partnership to characterise the human blood-brain-barrier and develop new transport mechanism to get therapies into the brain. His academic research programme is focused on understanding the disease process in migraine and pain using omics, human stem cell disease models and preclinical in vivo models. His group works to bring more effective and personalised treatments for these disabling disorders from bench to bedside.

Zameel Cader

Jennifer’s professional background is in marketing and strategic planning in higher education. Since a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain, she has been on a journey of learning to live with persistent acute episodes of pain and adapting to the dramatic changes this has brought to her daily life. She has leveraged her skills and experience to advocate, collaborate and share her perspective as a person with lived experience/patient partner/advisor with national and provincial pain research initiatives and projects, including with the Chronic Pain Network, Pain Ontario and the Canadian Pain Society. She advocates for the incorporation of the lived experience perspective into research, broadened awareness of chronic pain, improving understanding about the value of patient engagement in research and for improved access to health care and support for people living with pain.

Jennifer Daly-Cyr

Dr. Mike Hildebrand completed his PhD in neurophysiology in Dr. Terry Snutch’s lab at UBC, followed by an industrial R&D fellowship in preclinical pain research at Zalicus Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver. After this, Dr. Hildebrand completed an academic postdoctoral fellowship in Mike Salter’s lab at Sick Kids Hospital. Dr. Hildebrand is now leading his own translational pain research program as a Professor in the Neuroscience Department at Carleton University and as an Affiliate Investigator at The Ottawa Hospital. His NSERC-, CIHR-, and industry-funded research team is studying both acute and chronic pain processing using animal and human tissue models. Dr. Hildebrand is also the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the Canadian Pain Society and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at Carleton University.

Mike Hildebrand

Dr. Richardson is a psychiatrist and Professor, holding the distinguished Tanna Schulich Chair in Neuroscience & Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. He serves as the Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic in London and the Director of the MacDonald Franklin OSI Research and Innovation Centre at the Parkwood Institute. Additionally, he is the Medical Advisor for the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families and a fellow with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health. With over 25 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator, Dr. Richardson has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, primarily focusing on military and veteran health.

Don Richardson

June Pain Rounds for Trainees

Unseen Wounds: Navigating Chronic Pain and Mental Health in Veterans

Open to learners in the field of pain medicine, sessions will enhance medical education by promoting standardized pain management practices, fostering collaboration among those practicing pain medicine, and improving patient outcomes through evidence-based pain assessments and treatment practices.

Dr. Bradley Kerr received his BSc in Psychology from McGill University. He then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of London-King’s College in the UK. His PhD research was aimed at understanding the role of novel modulatory peptides, growth factors and pro-inflammatory cytokines in persistent pain. Dr. Kerr went on to do postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology and at McGill University where his work focused on studying inflammatory responses after nervous system injury. Dr. Kerr joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2007 and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Psychiatry. The focus of research in his lab is aimed at addressing the mechanisms of chronic pain after injury or disease with a major focus on chronic pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

Bradley Kerr

Professor Zameel Cader is the Director of the Oxford Headache Centre and a Consultant Neurologist. He is Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Discovery, Oxford. He is founder and director for Oxford StemTech and Human-Centric. He undertook medical training at Birmingham and Oxford and completed a PhD in neurogenetics at the University of Oxford. He has previously led StemBANCC and now leads IM2PACT – a large public-private partnership to characterise the human blood-brain-barrier and develop new transport mechanism to get therapies into the brain. His academic research programme is focused on understanding the disease process in migraine and pain using omics, human stem cell disease models and preclinical in vivo models. His group works to bring more effective and personalised treatments for these disabling disorders from bench to bedside.

Zameel Cader

Jennifer’s professional background is in marketing and strategic planning in higher education. Since a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain, she has been on a journey of learning to live with persistent acute episodes of pain and adapting to the dramatic changes this has brought to her daily life. She has leveraged her skills and experience to advocate, collaborate and share her perspective as a person with lived experience/patient partner/advisor with national and provincial pain research initiatives and projects, including with the Chronic Pain Network, Pain Ontario and the Canadian Pain Society. She advocates for the incorporation of the lived experience perspective into research, broadened awareness of chronic pain, improving understanding about the value of patient engagement in research and for improved access to health care and support for people living with pain.

Jennifer Daly-Cyr

Dr. Mike Hildebrand completed his PhD in neurophysiology in Dr. Terry Snutch’s lab at UBC, followed by an industrial R&D fellowship in preclinical pain research at Zalicus Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver. After this, Dr. Hildebrand completed an academic postdoctoral fellowship in Mike Salter’s lab at Sick Kids Hospital. Dr. Hildebrand is now leading his own translational pain research program as a Professor in the Neuroscience Department at Carleton University and as an Affiliate Investigator at The Ottawa Hospital. His NSERC-, CIHR-, and industry-funded research team is studying both acute and chronic pain processing using animal and human tissue models. Dr. Hildebrand is also the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the Canadian Pain Society and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at Carleton University.

Mike Hildebrand

Dr. Richardson is a psychiatrist and Professor, holding the distinguished Tanna Schulich Chair in Neuroscience & Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. He serves as the Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic in London and the Director of the MacDonald Franklin OSI Research and Innovation Centre at the Parkwood Institute. Additionally, he is the Medical Advisor for the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families and a fellow with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health. With over 25 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator, Dr. Richardson has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, primarily focusing on military and veteran health.

Don Richardson

October

Presentation details coming soon

Open to learners in the field of pain medicine, sessions will enhance medical education by promoting standardized pain management practices, fostering collaboration among those practicing pain medicine, and improving patient outcomes through evidence-based pain assessments and treatment practices.

April

Presentation details coming soon

Open to learners in the field of pain medicine, sessions will enhance medical education by promoting standardized pain management practices, fostering collaboration among those practicing pain medicine, and improving patient outcomes through evidence-based pain assessments and treatment practices.

February

Presentation details coming soon

Open to learners in the field of pain medicine, sessions will enhance medical education by promoting standardized pain management practices, fostering collaboration among those practicing pain medicine, and improving patient outcomes through evidence-based pain assessments and treatment practices.

Pain Rounds for Trainees

Dr. Bradley Kerr received his BSc in Psychology from McGill University. He then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of London-King’s College in the UK. His PhD research was aimed at understanding the role of novel modulatory peptides, growth factors and pro-inflammatory cytokines in persistent pain. Dr. Kerr went on to do postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology and at McGill University where his work focused on studying inflammatory responses after nervous system injury. Dr. Kerr joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2007 and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Psychiatry. The focus of research in his lab is aimed at addressing the mechanisms of chronic pain after injury or disease with a major focus on chronic pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

Bradley Kerr

Professor Zameel Cader is the Director of the Oxford Headache Centre and a Consultant Neurologist. He is Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Discovery, Oxford. He is founder and director for Oxford StemTech and Human-Centric. He undertook medical training at Birmingham and Oxford and completed a PhD in neurogenetics at the University of Oxford. He has previously led StemBANCC and now leads IM2PACT – a large public-private partnership to characterise the human blood-brain-barrier and develop new transport mechanism to get therapies into the brain. His academic research programme is focused on understanding the disease process in migraine and pain using omics, human stem cell disease models and preclinical in vivo models. His group works to bring more effective and personalised treatments for these disabling disorders from bench to bedside.

Zameel Cader

Jennifer’s professional background is in marketing and strategic planning in higher education. Since a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain, she has been on a journey of learning to live with persistent acute episodes of pain and adapting to the dramatic changes this has brought to her daily life. She has leveraged her skills and experience to advocate, collaborate and share her perspective as a person with lived experience/patient partner/advisor with national and provincial pain research initiatives and projects, including with the Chronic Pain Network, Pain Ontario and the Canadian Pain Society. She advocates for the incorporation of the lived experience perspective into research, broadened awareness of chronic pain, improving understanding about the value of patient engagement in research and for improved access to health care and support for people living with pain.

Jennifer Daly-Cyr

Dr. Mike Hildebrand completed his PhD in neurophysiology in Dr. Terry Snutch’s lab at UBC, followed by an industrial R&D fellowship in preclinical pain research at Zalicus Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver. After this, Dr. Hildebrand completed an academic postdoctoral fellowship in Mike Salter’s lab at Sick Kids Hospital. Dr. Hildebrand is now leading his own translational pain research program as a Professor in the Neuroscience Department at Carleton University and as an Affiliate Investigator at The Ottawa Hospital. His NSERC-, CIHR-, and industry-funded research team is studying both acute and chronic pain processing using animal and human tissue models. Dr. Hildebrand is also the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the Canadian Pain Society and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at Carleton University.

Mike Hildebrand

Dr. Richardson is a psychiatrist and Professor, holding the distinguished Tanna Schulich Chair in Neuroscience & Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. He serves as the Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic in London and the Director of the MacDonald Franklin OSI Research and Innovation Centre at the Parkwood Institute. Additionally, he is the Medical Advisor for the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families and a fellow with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health. With over 25 years of experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator, Dr. Richardson has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, primarily focusing on military and veteran health.

Don Richardson

November

Presentation details coming soon

More information coming soon

October

Presentation details coming soon

Human cell research is pivotal in the pain space as it offers unparalleled insights into the underlying molecular mechanisms by bridging the gap between traditional preclinical animal models of pain and those that suffer from pain in society. Fundamental research findings using these new human tissue approaches can lead towards the development of targeted therapies. Engaging people with lived experience in this research is crucial as it ensures that the research is focused on what people actually need, leading to better health and a happier life for those dealing with pain. We will discuss some promising human cell research in development in our labs, highlighting how people with lived experience have been involved in these studies.

September

Presentation details coming soon

Human cell research is pivotal in the pain space as it offers unparalleled insights into the underlying molecular mechanisms by bridging the gap between traditional preclinical animal models of pain and those that suffer from pain in society. Fundamental research findings using these new human tissue approaches can lead towards the development of targeted therapies. Engaging people with lived experience in this research is crucial as it ensures that the research is focused on what people actually need, leading to better health and a happier life for those dealing with pain. We will discuss some promising human cell research in development in our labs, highlighting how people with lived experience have been involved in these studies.

Pain Rounds for Professionals

Our Trainee Chairs

A platform for innovative minds to bring forward inspiring ideas and discover solutions to help you in your mentorship programs.

Providing educational resources for learners in efforts to prepare the next generation of pain management clinicians for the full scope of practice opportunities, from basic science research transitioning into clinical practice.

Co-Chair

Dr. Eugene Maida

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) with a cross appointment in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. Dr. Maida is a physiatrist and interventional pain physician with a special interest in spine and musculoskeletal medicine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and later completed  subspecialty training in the Pain Medicine residency program under the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. He has also completed a sports medicine research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, with a focus on Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal and Peripheral Nerve Interventions, as well as his diplomat in Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician through the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). Dr. Maida is currently the Medical Director of the Michael G. DeGroote pain clinic at McMaster University and Head of Service at Hamilton Health Sciences for Pain Behaviours for the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Maida has worked as a team physician with the McMaster University varsity soccer and football teams, Canadian Junior National Basketball Team (NEDA) and is currently the Head Team Physician for the Hamilton Tiger Cats (CFL). Dr. Maida is also actively involved in resident and medical school education. He currently serves as Section Coordinator for pain medicine teaching in the department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Education Coordinator for the Pain Medicine residency program under the department of Anaesthesia. Dr. Maida is also the current Chair of the Anesthesia pain rounds, and Lecturer for undergraduate introductory pain session for McMaster University medical students. In addition to being the co-chair of National Pain Rounds for trainees, Dr. Maida is also part of the National Pain Rounds Committee.

Co-Chair

Dr. Avinash Sinha

An assistant professor in the department of anesthesia at McGill University Health Center. He was born in India, raised & educated in the United Kingdom (UK), thus his practice as a physician & clinical teacher reflects the apprenticeship style of clinical education in the UK. Subsequent to a productive Fellowship training year in Toronto [2002-3], he relocated to Montréal; awarded an academic staff [Professeur Selectionné] anesthesiologist position at McGill in 2005. Regarded as an approachable expert resource in [ultrasound guided] regional anesthesia for nurse, trainee & staff colleagues, he is responsible for successfully implementing multi-disciplinary teams for enhanced recovery programs. Actively involved in education in pain management strategies in both anesthesia and surgical residency training programs, he promotes an integrated approach to complex acute & acute on chronic pain management in a busy trauma center, leveraging the resources of both the chronic & acute pain experts. He has pursued a greater understanding of education principles, through educational certificate courses [Harvard], faculty development resources [McGill] & leadership development [PLI & McGill Executive institute] culminating in departmental leadership in Medical student supervision. Aiming to implement a modern educational paradigm, he is working to develop asynchronous learning materials to support learners, curating & developing videos & vignettes according to student defined needs. Currently he is exploring education from multiple different perspectives, through Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science in the development of inter- professional teams. To enhance learner engagement through agency & partnership, in collaboration with Teaching & Learning services at McGill & the McGill Anesthesia Interest group, he is publishing a medical student handbook.

Our Dedicated Committee

Our National Pain Rounds Committee is made up of experienced healthcare professionals who strive to uphold and maintain the integrity of the Canadian Pain Society as dedicated volunteers. 

Co-Chair

Dr. John Xavier Pereira

Previous President of the Canadian Pain Society, previous President of the Pain Society of Alberta, and 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 was a member of the Canadian Pain Task Force's External Advisory Panel and a current member of Pain Canada's National Advisory Council. He has personally visited more than sixty pain clinics worldwide to learn best practices.

Co-Chair

Dr. Helena Daudt

Director of Education at Pain BC/Pain Canada. She leads Pain BC/Pain Canada’s educational initiatives including Making Sense of Pain, a self-management program designed for people living with pain, who experience marginalization and face barriers to accessing care and support. As an educator and researcher, Dr Daudt has been supporting healthcare improvement through patient engagement and knowledge exchange in different settings. She is also a person living with chronic pain and brings the lived experience lens to the work she does. Dr Daudt is passionate about building capacity among people with lived experience, their support network, and healthcare providers to ensure people receive high-quality care and experience the best quality of life possible.

Co-Chair

Dr. Bradley Kerr

Dr. Bradley Kerr received his BSc in Psychology from McGill University. He then went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of London-King’s College in the UK. His PhD research was aimed at understanding the role of novel modulatory peptides, growth factors and pro-inflammatory cytokines in persistent pain. Dr. Kerr went on to do postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology and at McGill University where his work focused on studying inflammatory responses after nervous system injury. Dr. Kerr joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2007 and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Psychiatry. The focus of research in his lab is aimed at addressing the mechanisms of chronic pain after injury or disease with a major focus on chronic pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

Dr. Eugene Maida

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) with a cross appointment in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. Dr. Maida is a physiatrist and interventional pain physician with a special interest in spine and musculoskeletal medicine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and later completed subspecialty training in the Pain Medicine residency program under the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. He has also completed a sports medicine research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, with a focus on Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal and Peripheral Nerve Interventions, as well as his diplomat in Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician through the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). Dr. Maida is currently the Medical Director of the Michael G. DeGroote pain clinic at McMaster University and Head of Service at Hamilton Health Sciences for Pain Behaviours for the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to being the co-chair of National Pain Rounds for trainees, Dr. Maida is also part of the National Pain Rounds Committee.

 

Dr. Tania Di Renna

Dr. Tania Di Renna, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, completed her medical school and Anesthesiology residency training in Ottawa. She obtained a chronic pain fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and has spinal cord stimulation training from Montreal Neurological Institute. 

She is currently the Medical Director of the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI). TAPMI is the comprehensive interdisciplinary academic pain program serving as the hub for chronic pain care in Toronto. She is also the Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Clinic at Women’s College Hospital and an Anesthesiologist at UHN. She served as the co-chair of the HQO Guidelines for Chronic Pain, is currently the co-chair of the Ontario Chronic Pain Network and Ontario Representative for Pain Canada.

 

Jennifer Daly-Cyr

Jennifer’s professional background is in marketing and strategic planning in higher education. Since a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain, she has been on a journey of learning to live with persistent acute episodes of pain and adapting to the dramatic changes this has brought to her daily life. She has leveraged her skills and experience to advocate, collaborate and share her perspective as a person with lived experience/patient partner/advisor with national and provincial pain research initiatives and projects, including with the Chronic Pain Network, Pain Ontario and the Canadian Pain Society. She advocates for the incorporation of the lived experience perspective into research, broadened awareness of chronic pain, improving understanding about the value of patient engagement in research and for improved access to health care and support for people living with pain.

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