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Embargoed by CIHR until 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016
Chronic Pain Network 
What is the Chronic Pain Network?

The Chronic Pain Network is a national collaboration involving patients, researchers, healthcare professionals, educators and government policy advisors to direct new research, to train researchers and clinicians, to increase access to care for chronic pain sufferers and to speed up the translation of the most recent research into the reality of care.

Why is this work and funding needed?

In addition to the terrible suffering of patients everywhere, the cost of chronic pain in Canada has been measured as greater than that of cancer and heart disease combined.

Canada is recognized as a world leader in pain research productivity and training, and per capita produces twice as many pain-related publications as the international leader, the United States. However, investment in pain research in Canada is the lowest of any developed country, less than one per cent of CIHR funding support and less than 0.25 per cent of total research funding.

What does the Chronic Pain Network plan to do?

The Chronic Pain Network will bring national teams together to carry out laboratory and clinical research studies to identify new treatments to manage and prevent chronic pain. Patients and professionals will be trained to work productively together. Training programs will develop new researchers and support education for healthcare professionals about pain and its treatment. A network of pain clinics across the country will support large scale studies of pain treatment and ensure that new knowledge is quickly moved into practice. The Network plans to change the way pain is managed in Canada through improved function, participation and quality of life while alleviating the economic burden of pain.

How are patients involved in this Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research network?

The Network’s patient engagement group will teach researchers to work effectively with patients in order to identify problems of the highest importance. Patients will learn how to most effectively advise academics, professionals and policy makers. Research will examine the impact of sex and gender, unique problems of the First Nations communities and interactions amongst behavioural and social determinants of health.

The research from this network will directly affect people suffering from pain who have no explanation, people who have pain from definable causes, and people who have pain from other diseases and injuries.

Who is the host institution?

McMaster University

Who is involved?

The principal investigator is Dr. Norm Buckley, professor and chair of anesthesia for McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.

The network includes patients/families, advisory groups, healthcare providers, scientists, clinical scientists, clinicians, leaders of provincial and national patient advocacy groups, foundations and support networks.

Other partners in the network include:

  • Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

  • University of Alberta, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

  • The Arthritis Society

  • University of British Columbia, Anesthesiology

  • Canadian Anesthesiologists Society

  • Canadian Pain Society

  • Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

  • Dalhousie University, Department of Anesthesia

  • DeGroote Pain Institute, McMaster University

  • Eli Lilly Canada Inc.

  • GeneYouIn Inc

  • Hamilton Health Sciences

  • Health Information Research Unit, McMaster University

  • Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute

  • Hotel Dieu Chronic Pain Clinic, Queen's University

  • The Improving the Lives of Children with Chronic Pain Charitable Foundation (ILC)

  • Laval Universite, Faculty of Medicine

  • University of Manitoba, Department of Anesthesia

  • McGill University

  • McGill University, Alan Edwards Pain Management

  • McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care

  • Mount Sinai Hospital, Wasser Pain Centre

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

  • The Ottawa Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology

  • Proove Biosciences, Inc.

  • Purdue Pharma

  • Quebec Pain Research Network

  • Queen's University

  • University of Regina

  • University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine

  • Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

  • Universite de Sherbrooke

  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry

  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

  • Western University, Department of Physical Therapy

  • University Health Network

How is the network being funded?

CIHR will contribute $12.45 million to the Chronic Pain Network over five years.

These funds have been matched, in cash and in kind, by contributions from all of the partners listed above.

For more information, contact:
Veronica McGuire

Media Relations

Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University

905-525-9140, ext. 22169


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