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You are receiving this email because you have indicated that you would like to be part the BC Pain Research Network.
Dear BC Pain Research Network members, 
Construction of our Network’s website is well underway. We are eager to have the Network serve as a central hub for everyone in BC who conducts pain research. To be included in the website’s directory of pain researchers in British Columbia, please complete this brief form. We hope the minimal time commitment in providing this information will be rewarded with outstanding networking, education, and collaboration opportunities with the ultimate goal of encouraging more and better research on pain and its management in our province. The researcher directory on our new site will display your name, job title, institution, website link, email address, research area (CIHR themes) and a brief summary of research interests. 
Thank you for your participation.
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Call for Workshop Proposals 
We are keen to start hosting workshops and will select a minimum of 4 proposals to fund. Workshops will focus upon specific topics from multiple perspectives, hopefully building to joint interest in grant applications. Please submit your proposals to Stacey Herzer, in a 1 page format with an overview, objectives, deliverables and proposed budget, due by 5:00pm April 23. The UBC Committee will review and rank the proposals at the next meeting. Workshops must be held before December 21.
Congratulations to Diane Gromala: One of BC's Most Influential Women in STEM 
BC Business Magazine is featuring women who have made vital contributions to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in British Columbia. Diane Gromala, Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology; founder and director, Pain Studies Lab, SFU; Canada Research Chair in Computational Technologies for Transforming Pain, and member of the BC Pain Research Network is recognized for her work in using virtual reality for pain management. You can read the article here.
Congratulations to Alexander Scott and Team 
Congratulations to Dr. Alexander Scott, Director, Tendon Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Laboratoy, and his team for being awarded a UBC Faculty of Medicine SIF award. This project will enhance clinical education with telerehabilitation content (in both classroom and placement contexts) and the creation of a telerehabilitation education and research initiative with the goal to improve access to these services in rural and remote communities, and increase research opportunities to improve efficacy of these services. If you are actively working in the telehealth field and are interested to be involved in this project, please contact Alex.
Please let us know about other successful grants and recognitions so we can share them with our broader community.
Summary of BC Pain Research Network Activities: 
Seminars: We held our first two Meet and Greet Seminars on Feb 20 and 21. It was a pleasure to hear from Paul Yong, Ken Craig, Brian Cairns, Alessio Gallina, Ella Weik, Kip Kramer, and Alex Scott who provided brief sketches of their work. Discussions following each presentation were rich and full.
The following provides a short summary of their talks:
Alex Scott, PhD: As we age, tendon damage accumulates in many of our load-bearing tendons, like the rotator cuff – a common cause of shoulder pain. A major puzzle is to understand why some individuals experience substantial tendon injury, but no pain – whereas other individuals experience chronic pain and disability. There has been some suggestion that tendon injuries, particularly of the upper extremity, are associated with sensitization of the nociceptive system – a feature that currently is not addressed by standard treatments, and which requires validation through further study. Anti-inflammatory drugs offer only a partial analgesia – while rehabilitation is successful for many cases, better treatments are desperately needed. The mechanisms of tendon nociception, mechanical hyperalgesia and pain have hardly been studied, making this an area of critical need for further research.
Paul Yong, MD, PhD: Endometriosis affects 10% of reproductive-aged women, or ~1M women in Canada. Half of women with endometriosis experience sexual pain. We are identifying central (e.g. reduced pain-pressure thresholds) and peripheral (e.g. local neurogenesis) components of this pain, in order to better phenotype patients and guide clinical management.
Alessio Gallina, PhD Candidate in Rehabilitation Science and Physical Therapy, UBC: I am interested in how pain influences neuromuscular activation and joint mechanics. In my PhD studies, we showed that activation of the human quadriceps is modulated regionally in clinical and experimental knee pain. Future studies will include the investigation of vertebral kinematics and neck muscle activation in whiplash injuries.
Brian Cairns, PhD: I study novel peripheral receptor targets for the development of locally acting analgesics for craniofacial pain such as headaches, stomatodynia and temporomandibular disorders. I also explore in the role biology plays in the increased prevalence of chronic craniofacial pain conditions, and how certain food additives, such as MSG, exacerbate pain.
Ella Weik, PhD Candidate in Department of Psychiatry, UBC and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute: In children, chronic pain is common and often resistant to pharmacotherapy. Non-pharmacological factors such as learning and the therapeutic context have been shown to alleviate pain. We investigate how associative learning and the mindset of self-efficacy can modify thermal sensory perception and their underlying brain mechanisms in youth. The results should help us develop new approaches to managing chronic pain in children and youth.
Kip Kramer, PhD: My current research interests are focused on understanding the relationships between spinal cord injuries and neuropathic pain. Using a technique known as Contact Heat Evoked Potential stimulation (CHEPs), I apply a heat stimulus to an area of the body such as the limbs, and analyze recordings of electrical signals reaching the brain, allowing diagnostics of the spinal cord sensory pathway. I am currently optimizing protocols to determine if CHEPs can be used to diagnose small fiber neuropathy.
Ken Craig, PhD: My research continues to examine the impact of social factors on the experience and expression of pain, including consideration of pain management as a social process. We recently proposed an updating of the IASP definition of pain, including explicit recognition of cognitive and social features (Williams, A. C.deC. & Craig, K.D. (2016).  Updating the definition of pain. Pain,157, 2420-2423.) Email me for the paper and letters critiquing the proposal as well as rejoinders.  Also continue to focus on computer based automatic pain assessment using facial expression and psychophysiological measures.  Interested here in minimizing self-presentation and observer bias in pain assessment. 
UBC Committee Meeting: We held a meeting March 9, and discussed potential colloquia speakers and a process to solicit, rank, and select workshop proposals. Next meeting will serve to review workshop proposals and to establish an organizing committee for Pain Day, our campus wide outreach and community building event to be held in the fall focusing upon pain research/education/management.
Upcoming Events 
BC Pain Research Network Trainee meeting: April 11 from 4-6pm in the Centre for Interactive Research in Sustainability (CIRS) building, Policy Lab, located on the main floor, at 2260 West Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4. All interested trainees are welcome and encouraged to attend. This initial meeting is an organizational meeting to plan the upcoming BC Pain Research Network Trainee events. Some ideas being explored include meet and greet seminars where you can give a short talk about your current projects or a great paper you recently read to stimulate discussion and feedback from your peers and mentors.
Jeff Mogil Colloquium: Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation April 19 at 12:30 pm in Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012, located at 2207 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4. Dr. Jeff Mogil, director of the The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain at McGill University will give a Colloquium jointly sponsored by the BC Pain Research Network and the Department of Psychology titled “Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation.” The seminar will be followed by a discussion session at 3:00 pm at the University Centre, 6331 Crescent Road, Room 307, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2 with Dr. Mogil about the McGill experience of forming a pain network. The event will conclude with a reception open to all BC Pain Research Network members and trainees as well as people from the UBC Department of Psychology who are jointly sponsoring the visit. To allow us to provide adequate food and beverage at the afternoon reception, please RSVP to Stacey Herzer;
Working Meeting on Pediatric Cannabinoid Research: April 20 from 11 am to 4:30 pm. On behalf of Dr. Tim Oberlander and Dr. Hal Siden, please save the date for a half-day symposium to advance our thinking and learning about pediatric cannabinoid research in Canada. Our symposium will engage our research community in a conversation about basic and applied questions related to cannabinoid physiology, pharmacology, research design and regulatory/ethical questions. We will use a small group discussion format led by opinion leaders in key areas of this emerging field. We want to hear from you and how we can advance pediatric cannabinoid research. Our conversation will be shaped by four themes led by four invited thought leaders who will start the conversation with 3-5 minute PechaKucha-style presentations. You will have a chance to participate in all four discussions loosely based on the topics: pharmacology, gaps in knowledge, barriers to research and research strategies. Lunch and networking opportunities will be included. For more information click here.
Meet and Greet Seminar Series: The next meet and greet seminar will be April 25 from 3:00-4:30pm. All pain researchers and trainees are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate by giving a brief talk on their research. We are looking for 3 volunteers to give a 10 min talk with the goal that this format should allow more time for feedback and open discussion. Please RSVP to Stacey Herzer; and indicate if you are able to give a talk and your talk title. We will include a brief summary of your talk in the next issue of our newsletter to be distributed to the network. Following the April 25 meeting, the next seminar will be an evening session in May and will be potentially downtown if there is enough interest registered for an off campus location. 
Grant Related Meetings:
Faculty Town Hall with SSHRC April 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Michael Smith Labs Room 102, located at 2185 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3. SPARC invites you to join Tim Wilson, Executive Director, SSHRC Research Grants and Partnerships, for a Faculty Town Hall on Tuesday, April 10 from 2-3:30pm. Tim will answer questions and share information on new and existing SSHRC initiatives. Click here to register.
Collaborative Health Research Projects – Workshop April 17, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm at UBC, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3. CIHR and NSERC will shortly announce the 2018 Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) funding opportunity. In preparation, SPARC will host a CHRP workshop on Tuesday, April 17, 2-4pm (room TBA). The workshop will consist of a presentation by Dr. Jody Swift, Special Projects Manager, Faculty of Applied Science, followed by an open Q&A session with past and present CHRP–funded researchers.
To participate, please complete the online registration form by Monday April 16.
Chronic Migraine in Primary Care- Webinar April 11, 2018
Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
People with chronic migraine represent the more severe end of the migraine clinical spectrum, and generally have more disability than individuals with episodic migraine. By definition, people with chronic migraine have at least 15 days with ​headache a month, and at least 8 of these days are actual migraine attacks. Chronic migraine is common, with at least 1 percent of the general population suffering from chronic migraine. As a result, it is important that primary care providers are able to diagnose chronic migraine, and initiate therapy, even if specialist help is ultimately required. Well informed primary care physicians may be able to provide all the necessary care for less refractory patients with chronic migraine.
You will learn:
  • The diagnosis of chronic migraine
  • The diagnosis of medication overuse headache
  • The management of chronic migraine​
From Painful to Playful: An Intuitive Approach to Pediatric Pain Management--Webinar by Claire Brown April 18, 2018
Pain BC
All children have a right to play. This is especially important for children and youth living with pain. Join Claire Brown, Certified Child Life Specialist from BC Children’s Hospital, to explore using play to manage pediatric pain. Learn about the profile of the pediatric patient and how children and youth experience and react to pain at each stage of their development.
We'll discuss how play can be integrated into a diverse pain treatment plan. Participants will receive a practice-aid handout with drug-free pain and stress reduction strategies to use with young patients.
Learning objectives:
  • Identify how pain is uniquely experienced and processed in children and teens
  • Discuss how play can help pediatric patients to cope with pain
  • List the knowledge, strategies and tools providers can use to make play a part of a comprehensive pain treatment plan
  • Learn about Pain BC’s My Care Path: a free, online self-management site for young people in pain and their families
Funding Opportunities: 
  • CIHR is launching the 2018 IAB membership renewal of its thirteen Institute Advisory Boards (IABs) and is seeking interested candidates. The number of members on an IAB is 8 – 14. Selection criteria and composition of the IABs is available under the IAB Selection Criteria. Consult the CIHR Institutes web pages to review their specific areas of focus.
  • Online applications can be submitted, via ResearchNet, till April 9, 2018. Application forms received after April 9, 2018 will be stored in the database and considered for the next IAB renewal cycle.
  • Fund research in biomedical, clinical, health systems services, and population health that has the potential to have a significant impact on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health outcomes according to the mandates of the participating CIHR institutes.
  • $35,000/year for up to 3 years. The CIHR contribution must be matched at 1:1 (cash only) by the successful applicant’s host institution and/or other partner(s).
  • Registration deadline: April 17
  • Application deadline: May 15
  • The competition is open to early career investigators from any CIHR eligible institution, for research in biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, population and public health sectors.
  • The applicant must be a new investigator at the date of application, who as a principal investigator has not been awarded combined Operating Grant funding of $500,000 or more and is within five years of their first academic appointment.
  • $100,000/year for up to 3 years.
  • Application Deadline: April 20, 2018.
  • To address the short-term research needs, challenges and opportunities facing organizations in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Only one Canadian/international organization from the public, private and/or non-profit sector may be involved and is expected to provide cash and/or in-kind contributions. Partnered activities which involve more than one partner, or a longer time frame, should consider the Partnership Development Grant or Partnership Grant. 
  • $7,000 and $25,000, for one year.
  • Application Deadline June 15
  • This Data Platform will:
    • address major barriers and inefficiencies in accessing or using multi-jurisdictional/ national data for patient-oriented research that cannot be addressed by the individual provincial and territorial (P/T) SUPPORT Units;
    • leverage unique Canadian assets enabling international leadership in patient-oriented research; 
    • be pan-Canadian in scope. 
  • It is a mandatory requirement for teams to reach out to the SPOR SUPPORT UnitsSPOR Networks and SPOR iCT grantees. 
  • Up to $39,000,000 enough to fund one grant for a term of up to seven years. Matching partner contributions can include up to 100% eligible cash equivalent (i.e., inkind) contributions.
  • Registration Deadline: April 17, 2018
  • Application Deadline: June 19, 2018
  • Best Brains Exchanges are one-day, in-camera meetings for decision makers and researchers with expertise on a particular topic deemed as a high priority by the Ministry or Health Portfolio. More specifically, Best Brains Exchanges are a forum to highlight existing and relevant research evidence on the topic; identify gaps in evidence; bring together both decision maker and researcher expertise on a policy issue; and candidly discuss the applicability of the research for the department/agency. 
  • Deadline: various
  • The GGI program is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada’s international innovation efforts. The program supports researchers who aim to commercialize technology by pursuing collaborative international research and development (R&D) opportunities through partnerships with key players in foreign markets. Eligible beneficiaries are Canadian innovators from small or medium size enterprises, universities and nongovernment research centres.
  • GGI provides assistance by contributing up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $75,000 for any approved project. Eligible expenses may include international and local travel, accommodation, meals, meeting costs, legal fees to support formalized partnerships, and other costs related to international collaboration.
  • Application Deadline: Continuous.
Other Canadian:
  • To promote participation and engagement at the upcoming 39th Annual Scientific Meeting in
Montreal, Quebec from May 22-25 at the Hotel Bonaventure
  • Any patient or caregiver with experience relevant to our meeting’s central theme (pain) is eligible to apply
  • Application deadline: April 11, 2018
  • Supports the implementation and adoption of evidence-based, implementation-ready interventions to improve the quality and effectiveness of health, health services and care in BC.
  • LOI due April 16, 2018
  • This program is targeting Early-Career Researchers (within 3 years of their first research or university appointment) to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health. The goal is to reduce the social and economic burden of neurological and mental health problems by prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.
  • $100,000 over 2 years.
  • Application Deadline: April 17, 2018 at 4pm ET.
  • Supports basic biomedical or clinical research. High priority is given to projects that concern fetal growth or metabolism but any studies that involve original research in fetal or neonatal medicine will be considered. However, purely epidemiological research or clinical trials will not be considered.
  • New Investigator Awards: $20,000/year for 2 years.
  • PDF Fellowships: $30,000/year for up to 2 years.
  • Application Deadline: April 20, 2018.
  • Active participation from co-applicant community partner(s)
  • Tangible benefits to community
  • Specific goals achievable within 2-year time frame
  • Emphasis on implementation and translation of research to practice and policy
  • LOI due May 1, 2018
  • Provides funding to support the dissemination and uptake of research evidence to inform and improve further research, practice and policy-making
  • Application Deadline: May 30, 2018
  • Provides funding to outstanding rising star career researchers (aged 45 or younger) in the field of mental health, to encourage them to continue to pursue their research interests. It recognizes those with a demonstrated track record in research with excellence in scientific rigor, innovative thinking, imagination and originality and a clear ability to work in partnership with other disciplines and/or research teams external to the institution with which they are affiliated.
  • $100,000/year, for 10 years. (to one person or a research team of up to three persons per competition)
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2018
Teva Pharmaceuticals, The ALS Association, The Huntington’s Disease Society of America
Submission Deadline: Apr 29, 2018
US National Institutes of Health
Earliest submission date: May 16, 2018
US National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Cycle II due date: May 25, 2018
US National Institutes of Health
Cycle II due date: May 25, 2018
US National Institutes of Health
Cycle II due date: May 25, 2018
US National Institutes of Health
Cycle II due date: May 25, 2018
  • Support innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects developing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)-based solutions by targeting any application area(s) within the AAL domain.
  • TRADITIONAL CONSORTIA AND PROJECTS: consortia must include at least 3 organizations from 3 different countries including an end user organization and a business partner.
  • €2.5M for 18 to 36 months
  • Deadline: May 28.
  • OnPAR is a Private Business Venture that partners with international agencies to provide ‘second-chance’ funding opportunities to high-scoring applications in biomedical fields. Several pharmaceuticals and biotech companies and other private biomedical agencies have joined OnPAR.
  • See the full list of partners here. OnPAR accepts abstracts from CIHR.
  • See the current list of Funding Members to get an idea of what they might be looking for. OnPAR is working to add additional Members.
  • There is no need to re-write your grant proposal. Once you submit your abstract and peer review scores, all abstracts are available for Funding Members to review. Applications and Summary Statement submission is by invitation only. OnPAR will accept the original abstract and the summary statement or review evaluations that you received from NIH or the reviewing organization.
  • Proposals that meet the criteria are accepted: 30th percentile for major disease areas, (i.e., Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes); 50th percentile for rare disease areas; promising non-percentiled)
  • OnPar has now expanded to include pain research projects.

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