The University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain plays a critical role in linking researchers and clinicians through education to study the phenomenon of pain – a condition that concerns all the health sciences.

The Centre integrates multiple faculties to address pain and bridges the gap between research and practice to ensure optimal outcomes for individuals who suffer from pain. This knowledge translation is a critical activity that sets UTCSP apart from other similar research hubs focused on pain – our scientists and clinicians form a unique link that ensures the learnings and insights on pain are immediately used in clinical settings. With investment, the UTCSP will be able to move the needle in terms of understanding the mechanisms of pain, finding ways to alleviate it and bringing these discoveries directly to practice to benefit populations in Canada and worldwide.

Investment in the Centre will provide leadership to accelerate research discoveries to combat pain, and develop innovative educational programs in pain at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.

Funding will also ensure that UTCSP’s unique, multi-disciplinary approach can be expanded, bringing together multiple partners under one umbrella to increase collaboration and amplify impact.

Solutions to complex issues like pain most commonly arise at institutions with the resources — people and tools — to solve the problem. U of T is where leaders are made, where ideas are tested and where solutions are found. With funding, it is possible for the UTCSP to achieve measurable progress toward our goals of understanding pain in all its complex forms. With support, we can break the trajectory of chronic pain and its effects, improve education in pain across multiple disciplines and build on our unique ability to transfer knowledge from basic science to clinical practice. We are at a critical moment to enhance our ability to build on our stellar reputation to solve the mysteries of pain so that Canadians can lead more healthy and productive lives.

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