For Immediate Release – Halifax: Some of the biggest names in pain research from across the globe will gather in Halifax May 23 to 26 for the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). The event, which is already sold out, will mark the first time the ASM is a Patients Included meeting, committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition. This means that patients participated in organizing the meeting and will be both attending and speaking at the meeting.
"We are absolutely delighted to have achieved "Patients Included" status for the first time in the history of our meeting,” says Dr. Fiona Campbell, President-Elect, Canadian Pain Society “It is a critical time in Canada for patients suffering with pain, and imperative that patients help shape the national pain agenda and the future of the Society."
The meeting will tackle a range of cutting edge topics in pain research and practice including brain circuits mediating pain and its relief, medical use of cannabis for pain, pain in special populations (children, patients with cancer), and the opioid crisis. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Yves De Koninck, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Laval University; Dr. Frank Porreca, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Arizona; Dr. Rohini Kuner, Professor of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology, Heidelberg University; and Dr. Gary MacFarlane, Professor of Epidemiology and Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Dr. Melanie Noel, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Calgary is the recipient of the Early Career Award. She is a former member of Dr. Christine Chambers’ IWK research team; Dr. Chambers is Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the meeting.
“As experts in living with our chronic pain condition(s) being patient partners gives us the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and physicians to find better treatment options for this complex health issue affecting one in five Canadians,” says Karen Smith, patient advocate appointed to the committee that organized the meeting.
Canadian Pain Society: http://www.canadianpainsociety.ca/page/2017ScientificMeet
More info about Patients Included: https://patientsincluded.org/Share