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Brian E. Cairns, PhD, DrMed, ACPR, RPh

Brian E. Cairns PhD (University of British Columbia, Canada), DrMed (Aalborg University, Denmark), ACPR (clinical pharmacy, Vancouver General Hospital, Canada) is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of British Columbia as well as a registered pharmacist in the province of British Columbia. 

His research interests include peripheral mechanisms of pain and analgesia as well as sex-related differences in pain.  His work involves translational pain research that starts with findings in the laboratory and then takes them forward to human experimental pain studies and ultimately to clinical trials.  In addition to research, he teaches in the undergraduate pharmacy program, as well as in the graduate programs in Dentistry and Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, and in the graduate program in medicine at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. 






Fiona Campbell, BSc, MD, FRCA

Fiona 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.





Gilles Lavigne, DMD, PhD, FRCD(c)

Gilles Lavigne, DMD (U Montreal, Canada), PhD (U Toronto, Canada) and FRCD (oral medicine, Georgetown U, USA) completed a postdoctoral training on the neurobiology of pain at NIH, Bethesda. He received a Doctor honoris causa from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich (April 2009).

Gilles Lavigne currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Pain, Sleep & Trauma and is Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at the Université de Montréal. He is the Past President of the Canadian Sleep Society and currently the president elected of the Canadian Pain Society. He is the co-founder and past director of the 3 research networks in Oral Health, Pain and Placebo Mechanisms of the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Quebec and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He was also the co-director of the training grant Pain M2C of the CIHR.

Gilles Lavigne is internationally recognized for his experimental and clinical researches on sleep bruxism and the interactions between sleep, pain and breathing disorders. He currently conduct studies on: 1) the role of sleep on placebo analgesia, 2) the influence of airway on sleep of teenagers with craniofacial malformations and, 3) the sleep and pain in brain injury patients.




Eloise Carr, BSc, RN, MSc, PhD

Dr. Eloise Carr joined the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, Alberta in Canada as a full Professor in October 2011. Previously, she had been Deputy Dean Research in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University in the UK. A nurse by background, she is strongly committed to improving pain management through collaborative practice to improve patient care. Eloise has published widely, created educational courses, textbooks and visual materials related to pain. Her research interests include postoperative pain, chronic pain and interprofessional education. She has worked extensively with clinical teams to improve care using improvement methods.


Karim Mukhida, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Mukhida is an anesthesiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine at Dalhousie University with a clinical practice focused on acute and chronic pain management and neuroanesthesia. Originally from Halifax, he completed his MD and PhD degrees at Dalhousie, a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University, and was a resident in Neurosurgery and Anesthesia at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie. He joined the Faculty of Medicine after doing chronic pain fellowship training in Toronto and Halifax with the support of a Killam Post-graduate Scholarship.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Mukhida is pursuing research in pain management and the medical humanities. His interest in medical education has led him to spend time in Nepal, Vietnam, and Rwanda participating in teaching initiatives with the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation.





Jeff Mogil, BSc, PhD

Professor  Mogil is interested in nervous system mechanisms mediating the perception and inhibition of pain. Pain is a complex, subjective experience that displays considerable variability compared to other sensory modalities. In some instances and in some people, intensely noxious stimuli are not reported as causing pain, whereas others can experience excruciating pain from light touching of the skin. Some people are highly sensitive to pain relief from placebo administration, while others are insensitive to even high doses of morphine. Research is focused on uncovering and explaining sources of variability in these phenomena. We use a multidisciplinary approach ranging from molecular gene mapping to the development of new behavioural models. Recent experiments have uncovered surprising and intriguing social effects on pain behaviours in mice, and much current work in the laboratory is aimed at understanding these.





Laura S. Stone, PhD

Dr. Stone received her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota in 1999. As a post-doctoral trainee at the Oregon Health and Sciences University, she was the first recipient of the John J. Bonica Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship from the International Association for the Study of Pain. After working in both biotechnology and academia, she joined the Faculty at McGill University in 2007. Dr. Stone is an inventor on 7 patents, has received research funding from both NIH and CIHR, has co-authored over 40 manuscripts and was awarded the Early Career Award from the American Pain Society in 2006.

She is currently appointed as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry and in the Departments of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Anesthesiology and Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University. Current research projects utilize both pre-clinical models and patient populations to investigate the mechanisms underlying low back pain and the epigenetic regulation of chronic pain.




Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych 

Dr. Christine Chambers is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children's Pain and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neurosience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Her research lab is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Chambers' grant-funded research examines the role of developmental, psychological, and social influences on children’s pain, with a focus on the role of families in pediatric pain and social media for health knowledge mobilization. She is the recipient of awards from organizations such as the American Pain Society, the Canadian Pain Society, and the International Association for the Study of Pain's Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science.





Mark A. Ware, MBBS MRCP (UK) MSc

Dr. Mark Ware is Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Anesthesia at McGill University. He is the Director of Clinical Research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the McGill University Health Centre, co-Director of the Quebec Pain Research Network, Executive Director of the non-profit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) and chair of the International Association for Cannabinoids Medicines (IACM). He practices pain medicine at the Montreal General Hospital and at the primary care pain clinic of the West Island of Montreal.

Dr. Ware’s primary research interests are in evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medicines derived from cannabis (cannabinoids), population-based studies of the impact of pain on the population, and the role of complementary therapies in pain and symptom management. His research is funded by the FRSQ, CIHR, and the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation.






Brittany Rosenbloom, BA Hons, MSc

Brittany Rosenbloom completed her BA Honours degree from the University of Guelph in 2009 where she studied psychology and neuroscience. After her undergraduate training, she worked at the Hospital for Sick Children investigating pediatric pain and anxiety, and later moved to St. Michael’s Hospital to study outcomes from traumatic brain injury. These experiences led her to the MSc program at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto where she was supervised by Dr. Colin McCartney in the Department of Anesthesia (2012-2014). Her thesis project examined associations between anxiety and pain. Traumatic musculoskeletal injury often leads to chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Brittany’s thesis investigated factors, such as acute symptoms of anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, and injury characteristics, involved in the development of pain and PTSD symptoms four months after injury. Brittany will continue researching the mechanisms involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain in her Clinical Psychology training at York University under the supervision of Dr. Joel Katz.

Brittany’s graduate studies have been funded through an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Dr. Alan W. Conn Graduate Award from the Department of Anesthesia, the Toronto Musculoskeletal Centre Graduate Student Scholarship, and the Holland Musculoskeletal Program Graduate Scholarship.




Sarah Rosen

Sarah, originally a Chicago native, graduated from the University of Denver with an Honors Science degree in 2012. She studied Cognitive Neuroscience, and worked with drosophila in a developmental neurobiology lab. She studied abroad in both England and Spain, which inspired her to pursue graduate studies in Montreal (The most “European city” in North America!). She is a doctoral student in Jeffrey Mogil's lab. She currently investigates sex differences in chronic pain, as well as female-specific endogenous modulation of pain during pregnancy. Sarah's research is funded by the Alan Edwards in pain student fellowship as well as the Canadian Institute for Health Research.