Sixth Annual Awards Competition Dedicated to Independent Pain Research
KIRKLAND, QC, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Pfizer Canada is pleased to announce
the recipients of the 2012 Pain Research Awards, an annual grant
competition for independent research in the areas of basic biomedical,
clinical and health services and systems.
"Pfizer Canada is proud to be supporting Canadian medical innovation
through the Pain Research grant competition for the sixth consecutive
year," says Lorella Garofalo, Director, Medical Affairs, Pfizer Canada.
"Every step counts when it comes to improving the lives of patients and
continued research in this area is a critical step forward to ensure
Canadians have access to cutting-edge treatments that will have a
positive impact on their everyday lives."
Pfizer Canada invests in pain research to improve the lives of Canadians
- a commitment that the company proudly collaborates with innovative
researchers across Canada to achieve. The awards provide funding
grants to outstanding research that has the potential to improve the
quality of life for people living with pain. To date, the program has
awarded almost $4 million dollars to independent researchers.
Fourteen research proposals for the 2012 Pain Research Awards were
reviewed by an independent committee comprised of 11 Canadian medical
researchers and chaired by Dr. A. John Clark, Professor of Anaesthesia
at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"We commend Pfizer's continued support of independent research into pain
and are confident that through the research proposals the awards
program has supported over the past six years, we will be steps closer
to better understanding pain and pain management," says Dr. Clark.
The 2012 competition award recipients will each receive funding in
support of their independent pain research, including a $150,000
research grant. This year's winning research proposals will
The role glutamate, such as MSG in our diets, plays on triggering
Post-operative brain changes and impact on pain and affect;
An improved understanding of central nervous system changes as a result
The Pfizer Pain Research Awards aim to advance, through innovative
research, knowledge of the biology and mechanisms of pain, its
prevention, management and associated burden and apply findings towards
improvement for Canadian sufferers. Pfizer is proud to support the
innovators and ideas that make better health possible.
The company thanks all 2012 entrants for their commitment to pain
research and congratulates Dr. Brian E. Cairns, Dr. Petra Schweinhardt
and Dr. Patrick Stroman for their innovative and winning research
Recipients of the 2012 Pain Research Awards
Brian E Cairns, University of British Columbia
Subject: Influence of blood glutamate concentrations on headache
Many Canadians suffer from severe migraine or tension-type headaches.
In some people, the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a
trigger for these headaches, however, how it triggers headaches is
unknown. Dr. Cairns will research whether glutamate can activate the
nerve fibers that innervate the brain covering, or dura, and are
responsible for headache pain and, whether natural elevation of
glutamate levels is part of the mechanism that initiates headaches. If
glutamate does activate these nerve fibres, then novel treatments to
prevent or decrease the risk of headache development could involve
modification of dietary glutamate intake and/or development of
Petra Schweinhardt, McGill University
Subject: Longitudinal brain changes after surgery and their relationship
with pain and affect
Cross-sectional research has shown that chronic pain patients present
with brain changes, mostly decreased gray matter. Despite consistent
results across studies, many questions remain unanswered, including the
temporal relationship of such changes with regards to pain and symptom
development, the histological nature of gray matter changes, and
whether patients with neuropathic pain exhibit similar brain changes.
Through her research, Dr. Schweinhardt will address these questions by
investigating patients undergoing thoracotomy with a longitudinal study
design. The results are likely to advance interventions addressing
cerebral underpinnings of post-operative pain sequelae.
Patrick Stroman, Queen's University
Subject: Temporal summation of pain in fibromyalgia investigated by means of fMRI
of the entire human CNS
The goal of Dr. Stroman's research is to use functional magnetic
resonance imaging (fMRI) of the entire central nervous system to
investigate pain processing when central sensitization is induced, and
how this processing is altered in fibromyalgia. The results of this
study will help to establish highly sensitive methods for studying
neuropathic pain in humans, and will improve our understanding of
neurological changes as a result of fibromyalgia, at every level of the
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