Québec Pain Research Network (QPRN)


Co-director, preclinical research

Louis Gendron

Co-director, clinical research

Anaïs Lacasse


Université de Sherbrooke - Réseau québécois de recherche sur la douleur
3001, 12e Avenue Nord
Sherbrooke (QC)
J1H 5N4
819-821-8000, ext. 73456



Number of strategic initiatives (Strategic axes): : 4

Number of technical platforms (Common reources): 5

Number of members
Regular members (researchers): 96
Associate members : 15
Student members : 150+
Monorary members : 2


The mission of QPRN is to improve the quality of life of Canadians who suffer from chronic pain, and therefore reduce the associated burden of illness, through basic, clinical, evaluative and epidemiological research.

Strategic initiatives (Strategic axes) Responsible

Mapping of Neuronal Circuits

Dr Reza Sharif Naeni, PhD
McGill University / Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

Safety and Effectiveness of Analgesics

Dre Mélanie Bérubé, Université Laval

Low Back Pain Risk Factors : From Acute to Chronic Pain

Drs Jean-Sébastien Roy et Hugo Massé-Alarie
Université Laval / CIRRIS

Health Outcomes : Learning from Patients and Professionnals to Guide Research Dr Anne Marie Pinard, MD
Université Laval / CHUL du CHU de Québec–Université Laval
Technical Platforms (Common resources) Responsible

Molecular Tools and Cellular Imaging

Yves De Koninck, PhD
Université Laval / Centre de recherche CERVO

Behavioural Phenotyping

Dr Jeffrey Mogil, PhD
McGill University / Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

Multimodal Brain and Spinal Imaging

Dr Pierre Rainville, PhD
Université de Montréal / Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

Genetics and Genomics Analysis

Dr Luda Diatchenko, MD PhD
McGill University / Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

Patient-Oriented Research Dr Manon Choinière, PhD
Université de Montréal / Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal

*The mission comes from the network's website