Issue 119 / December 11, 2020



PAINtalks 2020

The PAINtalks is an event that disseminates scientific content on advances in pain research to the general public, organized by the Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators. Each speakers’ mandate is to share an innovative idea that can have a positive impact on the population, in a language accessible to all.

In her presentation, "Peering into Peer Support Groups," graduate student Marie Vigouroux represented the McGill Faculty of Dentistry in sharing her work on peer support among teenagers with chronic pain.

Watch Marie Vigouroux's presentation.

PAINtalks web conference: English, French



Dr. Macdonald on Grief and COVID-19

In an article in the Montreal Gazette, Associate Professor Mary Ellen Macdonald discusses the adaptations that the COVID-19 pandemic brought to funerals, and how the restrictions on gatherings affected the ways people are saying their final goodbyes to their loved ones. “The whole idea of an online funeral isn’t as strange as it was back in March. We are normalizing it, because we are human, and we are adapting, because rituals are important.”

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CIHR Funds Research on Opioid Tapering Outcomes - Dr. Martel

Dr. Marc O. Martel has recently received a grant from The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his research on biological and psychological predictors of opioid tapering outcomes among patients with chronic pain on long-term opioid therapy. Dr. Martel’s research aims to examine the contribution of psychological factors and potential alterations in the brain to the experience of pain flares, opioid withdrawal symptoms, and opioid craving within the first three months of opioid tapering.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Children: a Global Ethical Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to numerous impacts on communities, especially in resource-limited nations where health systems and economies face resource constraints. For children and adolescents, this pandemic has imposed challenges that threatens immediate, mid-term, and long-term impacts. The aim of this analysis is to highlight some of the ways in which young people in various countries have been impacted by the current pandemic and to examine these impacts from a child rights and justice-based ethical lens.

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McGill Dentistry Researchers Provide Report on COVID-19 to Canada's Chief Dental Officer

During the COVID-19 pandemic, oral health professionals are making decisions on how to manage patients and guide the professions in the context of the return to clinical practice. Drs. Paul Allison and Raphael De Souza have presented a national expert document to Canada's Chief Dental Officer to help guide government decisions. The report, titled "Evidence to support safe return to clinical practice by oral health professionals in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic," is a review of the issues that inform the provision of oral health care by providers in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Tran Receives Egg Farmers of Canada Grant for 3D Tissue Engineering

Dr. Simon Tran has recently received a grant funded by Egg Farmers of Canada for his research on Egg white-alginate based biomaterial for 3D tissue engineering. The research's objective is to characterize the use of egg white alginate as a novel scaffold to grow several different organoids including salivary glands. Egg white alginate is an inexpensive, easily accessible, and promising alternative to gold standard scaffolds.

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Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Dentistry Veeresh Pavate Publishes Narrative Piece

Veeresh Pavate, doctoral student at McGill University's Faculty of Dentistry, has recently written a narrative piece on how the COVID-19 pandemic adds an extra layer to the challenges in the lives of people living with thalassemia. The chronic condition beta thalassemia major, also known as Cooley’s Anemia, is a serious, life-long, genetic blood disorder. Veeresh shares, from a patient's perspective, how a bag of blood makes an enormous difference in the lives of people living with thalassemia, allowing them to pursue their life goals.

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