Pain researchers

Quebec Pain Research Network

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The information from this section was taken from the Quebec Pain Research Network website.

The mission of the Quebec Pain Research Network (QPRN) is to contribute through basic, clinical, evaluative and epidemiological research to the improvement of the quality of life of Quebecers who suffer from chronic pain.The Pain Network aims to achieve this mission through cohesive efforts between a group of 90 researchers associated to the four University Health Networks (Réseaux universitaires intégrés de santé; RUIS) of the province of Quebec: Université Laval, McGill University, Université de Montréal and Université de Sherbrooke. The Université du Québec network also joined in recently. The Pain Network also built infrastructures and expertise to support the research efforts of its members.  


Alan Edward Centre for Research on Pain

The Alan Edward Centre for Research on Pain (AECRP) at McGill University is one of the most recognized pain research centres in the world.  It brings together basic researchers and clinicians who are at the forefront of pain research. The AECRP researchers are also members of the Quebec Pain Research Network.

The AECRP offers seminars and clinical training on chronic pain.  You will find more information on their website at

The Quebec Pain Registry

The information in this section is taken from the Quebec Pain Registry website, logo registre douleur québec The Quebec Pain Registry was conceived in 2007 through a strategic initiative of the Quebec Pain Research Network.  It is an administrative and research database which provides standardized data on a large cohort of chronic pain patients who are described using a set of common demographic and clinical measures based on uniform and validated measurement tools.  The data obtained is rendered anonymous, and includes descriptors of pain, the treatments used (pharmalogical or other), sleep, mood, quality of life and other biopsychosocial measures.  The Quebec Pain Registry aims to 

  • Facilitate and stimulate clinical pain research for both academia and industry
  • Provide standardized data on a large cohort of patients with chronic non-cancer pain
  • Provide accelerated access to well-characterized datasets for multisite clinical trials
  • Provide a greater understanding of the impact of chronic pain on society

Molecular tools

The Quebec Pain Research Network (QPRN) has also developed expertise in the area of molecular tools for optical imaging of the nervous system.  The Molecular Tools Platform is located at the Neurophotonics Centre at Université Laval.  


Teaching resources

Many members of the Pain Network (QPRN) have collaborated with students in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto to produce videos explaining various pain mechanisms.  Many videos and interactive web sites are available on the Pain Network (QPRN) website:

Links - Research funding - funding agencies

  There are multiple funding opportunites for researchers working on pain.  Amongst these, we find:


Students can obtain financial support from the Pain Network (QPRN) to attend a scientific meeting or to participate in a laboratory exchange.  More information on the Pain Network website.

Students interested in Pain research can also participate in the McGill Pain Day to present their results and obtain valuable feedback from their colleagues and many pain research experts. The  McGill Pain Day is organized annually by the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain. More information on their website.

The Neurophotonics Centre, at Université Laval, offers every year the "Frontiers in neurophotonics" Summer School, a program which aims to train a generation of innovating researchers who will use the latest discoveries in the area of photonics and science of matters to study questions pertaining to neurobiology, in particular sensory mechanisms and pain transmission.  More information on this intensive Summer School on the Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School website.  

Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators

Students and trainees are encouraged to join the Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators (QNJPI) which offer many professional development opportunities.  Membership in the QNJPI, which is a network supported by the Pain Network (QPRN), grants access to multiple resources by relaying information from the QPRN, or by organizing workshops for trainees. You will find more information on their website: