MEDIA ADVISORY - Neuropathic Pain Symposium brings together patients, clinicians and researchers during National Pain Awareness Week

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Chronic pain is an escalating health problem
affecting 20-30% of Canadians. It has been estimated that chronic pain costs
the Canadian economy approximately $14,744 per affected person per year.
Neuropathic pain is a particularly debilitating form of chronic pain that can
rob people of their quality of life and the ability to sleep, work and
undertake daily activities.
    Neuropathic pain has many causes, including multiple sclerosis, diabetes,
AIDS, cancer, and spinal cord and nerve injuries.
    This year, ACTION Ontario, a non-profit organization comprised of
doctors, other health-care professionals, researchers and patients, is hosting
its first symposium in order to create awareness about neuropathic pain and
help address this debilitating problem.

    What:  One Face, Many Causes Neuropathic Pain Symposium

    Who:   Dr. Angela Mailis-Gagnon, founder and director of the
           Comprehensive Pain Program at Toronto Western Hospital
           Dr. Larry Picard, neurologist
           Patients with neuropathic pain from many causes, including breast
           cancer, multiple sclerosis, shingles and spinal cord injuries

    Where: MaRS Centre Auditorium
           101 College Street, Toronto

    When:  Monday, November 3, 1-4 p.m.

    Advance media availability: Dr. Mailis-Gagnon and the patient panelists
are available for advance media interviews starting at noon on November 3.

For further information:

For further information: Laura Greer, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416)
413-4765,; Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Krembil
Neuroscience Centre, UHN, (416) 603-5294,

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