Human Pain Seminar Series Summit

Save the Date for the Human Pain Seminar Series Summit, and enter the poster competition, engage in networking opportunities and more!
More details to come.

What: Human Pain Seminar Series

When: March 19th and 20th, 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Hart House

Who: Various International Speakers

UTCSP Annual Scientific Meeting: March 18th, 2024

The UTCSP Annual Scientific Meeting is coming up soon, please save the date in your calendars!


WHAT: UTCSP Annual Scientific Meeting

WHEN: Monday, March 18th, 2024; 9 am to 5 pm

WHERE: Hart House

WHO: Keynote speakers Laura Simons and Luis Garcia-Larrea and local guest speakers

UTCSP Committee Members Develop Latest Issue of Canadian Journal of Pain

Big News!

Our Knowledge Translation Committee Co-Chairs, Mariana Bueno and Hance Clarke were integral to the development of the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Pain, highlighting trainee contributions to the field of pain. You can read their editorial, entitled: The Future Is Bright: Highlighting Trainee Contributions to the Canadian Journal of Pain here.

Some papers that involved U of T trainees/researchers include:

CPIN-UTCSP lecture by Dr. Howard Fields on “The Neurobiology of Opioid Analgesia: a decisive view” 

Speaker | Howard Fields, MD, PhD,
Professor, Neurology and Physiology Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco

                      Title | The Neurobiology of Opioid Analgesia: a decisive view

                     Date | Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

                     Time | 4:00 PM

              Location | Medical Sciences Building, Room 217

                     Host | Dr. Derek Van Der Kooy, PhD, FRSC,
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto;
Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto; Fellow of Royal Society of Canada

       Co-Sponsor | Department of Molecular Genetics

Speaker Details | Click Here

UTCSP 2023 Year End Report

To learn more about our centre's activities for 2023, please click here. 



Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar Series
LDFP Room 850


Dr. Giannina Descalzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, at the Ontario Veterinary College, in the University of Guelph. Their research focuses on the intersection of pain and emotion, investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in chronic pain development and mental health disorders. Dr. Descalzi’s methods bridge animal models of chronic pain with molecular biology and systems neuroscience to enhance our understanding of chronic pain, mental health, and circuit-wide gene function. Dr. Descalzi holds a doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, and completed a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at NYU. Dr. Descalzi’s work is has been funded through NARSAD Young Investigator Grants, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Azrieli Foundation, and the Canadian Pain Society’s Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant.

Check Out This Podcast Episode With Dr. Patcharaporn (Nok) Srisaikaew!

UHN Trainee Podcast: Seeds of Science

From Brain Specimens to Pain Neuroimaging: A conversation with Dr. Patcharaporn Srisaikaew

UHN Office of Research Trainees

In this episode, Dr. Emily Mills chats with Dr. Patcharaporn (Nok) Srisaikaew, a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Mojgan Hodaie’s lab at the Krembil Brain Institute.

Nok completed her PhD specializing in human body dissections and the use of MRI to search for biomarkers of mild cognitive impairment. Nok’s post-doctoral research at UHN aims to elucidate the underlying neural mechanisms of limbic system (involving cognitive, memory and emotional systems) alterations in individuals with trigeminal neuralgia, a distressing facial pain condition.

Tune in to hear how she used her research expertise to help her own father who showed early signs of mild cognitive impairment.

UHN Trainee Podcast: Seeds of Science is proudly supported by the UHN Office of Research Trainees. For more information on the podcast and interviewees, visit our webpage:


You're Invited: UTCSP Presents an In-Person Talk: Thomas Graven-Nielsen

You are invited to join us for a talk by Thomas Graven-Nielsen titled: MECHANISMS AND MANIFESTATIONS IN MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN –Psychophysical and Neurophysiological effects, from Experimental to Clinical Pain Settings.

When: 4-5 pm, December 4th, 2023
Where: 124 Edward Street (Faculty of Dentistry) Room 360

Pre-registration not required. We look forward to seeing you there.

pain talks 2023

PAIN talks

The Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators (QNJPI) is proud to organize the 8th edition of the PAINtalks, which will take place at the Zoo de Granby on November 2nd, 2023 at 18:30 p.m. 

Le  PAINtalks is an evening of popular conferences on the theme of pain. It is a bilingual initiative, free and open to all, which is inspired by the “TED” presentation formula. Speakers are invited to submit their candidacy to present at the evening in order to communicate their research.

The team behind PAINtalks brings together students in the field of radiation sciences and biomedical imaging, experimental surgery, rehabilitation sciences, virtual rehabilitation, health sciences and psychology.

More than 800 people signed up for the PAINtalks 2022 from all over Quebec, several other Canadian provinces, as well as other countries around the world. A simultaneous translation service was offered to everyone attending the event, in person or online. All the presentations were filmed in high definition, then made available to Internet users with English and French subtitles via our website, our YouTube channel, our Twitter account and our Facebook page.

Like last year, the PAINtalks has once again partnered with three influential networks in the field of pain at the national and international levels, either with the Canadian Pain Society (CPS), la North American Pain School (NAPS) and l’European Pain School (EPS). These partnerships will, among other things, make it possible to offer a place for two of the speakers to participate in the next edition of the CPS and the NAPS.

In addition, partnerships with chronic pain networks have expanded and solidified for the 2023 edition of the PAINtalks : L’Association québécoise de douleur chronique (AQDC),Association de soutien et d’information face à la douleur (ASID), Société québécoise de fibromyalgie (SQF), Migraine Quebec, Société québécoise de la douleur (SQD), Quebec pain research network (QPRN) and l’Association des stomisés Richelieu-Yamaska.


November 2nd, 2023

18:30 p.m.


Zoo de Granby, Quebec

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National Pain Awareness Week

National Pain Awareness Week is approaching!

Visit the National Pain Awareness Week Calendar to learn more and register for all the exciting events that are being hosted by various organizations and partners. Download the Calendar PDF to find links to all events listed, simply by clicking an event on the calendar.

November 6-12, 2023

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