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
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 investigate:
-- The role glutamate, such as MSG in our diets, plays on
-- Post-operative brain changes and impact on pain and affect;
-- An improved understanding of central nervous system changes as
a result of pain.
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 proposals.
Recipients of the 2012 Pain Research Awards
Brian E Cairns, University of British Columbia
Subject: Influence of blood glutamate concentrations on headache mechanisms
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 CNS.
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