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Chronic Pain Basics and Pain Research Webinars

These free webinar recordings provide help and credible information for people living with pain and their families. CIRPD hosts and records these webinars in collaboration with community partners with partial funding by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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June 7, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Jonathan Bertram, MD-Addictions Medicine Physician
A presentation on the dynamic in First Nations, Metis, & Inuit community between pain, trauma, and cultural adaptation. How it influences pain management, the opioid crisis, and our understanding of the brain.
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May 30th, 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 pm ET
Dr. Brock Bastian-Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Dr. Brock Bastian discusses the experience of pain, and how it may be better understood as providing an important avenue through which we find enjoyment in life.
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April 25, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Norm Buckley, BA (Psych), MD, FRCPC - Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University
Dr. Buckley will discuss the purpose, objectives, and structure of the Chronic Pain Network, as well as approved research and opportunities for participation with the Network.
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Neil Pearson PT - Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Neil Pearson discusses the difference that can happen when movement is viewed as a treatment intended to open the medicine cabinet inside.
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Stephan Schug, MD - Chair of Anaesthesiology, Director of Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital
​Professor Schug will discuss current research on ways to predict when people may develop chronic pain after surgery, and he'll provide some preventative strategies.
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January 31, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Robert Gatchel, PhD - Professor of the Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Gatchel will help us understand what fear-avoidance beliefs and behaviors are, how they affect people with chronic pain, and what tools and treatments can be used to help people with pain reduce those beliefs.
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Gillian Lauder, MB BCh, FRCA, FRCPC, CPE.-Pediatric Anesthesiologist, BC Children's Hospital
Dr. Lauder will discuss current research into some of the current factors that are changing the way pediatric pain is treated and discussed.
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Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM - Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center's Pain Recovery Program
Dr. Pohl will review the interactions of pain, suffering, and addiction as they interface in patients and provide suggestions for intervention and treatment.
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Nora Spinks-CEO, Vanier Institute of Family
Ms. Spinks will discuss how organizations are responding in order to keep their employees productive at work and engaged while they fulfill their caregiving responsibilities at home.
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Karen Deborah Davis, PhD-Head of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience at the Krembil Research Institute
​Dr. Davis will discuss the ways brain imaging and behavioural measurements are used to chart "pain maps" and show differences between the way brains respond to pain.
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Jordan Miller, PhD-Registered Physiotherapist
Dr. Miller discusses current research on self-management practices which use pain science and exercise.
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Tim Salomons, PhD - Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Reading
Dr. Salomons reviews neuroimaging studies examining how thoughts and feelings change pain, and talks about what we can learn from these studies.
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Tamar Pincus, PhD-Professor in Health Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Tamar Pincus will discuss new research about the differences between depression and pain-related distress in people with chronic pain.
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August 23, 2016 - 4:00pm PDT, 7:00pm EDT
Suzanne Broadbent, PhD-Senior Lecturer, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Southern Cross University
Dr. Broadbent will provide an over view of exercise management for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and discuss current research describing the most effective types of exercise practices to use.
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Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW -Associate Professor at the University of Utah College of Social Work
Dr. Garland will discuss Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) and how it can help with addictive behaviours with perscription opioids and with pain management.
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Linda Li, PT, PhD-Director, Arthritis, Joint Health & Knowledge Translation Research Program, University of British Columbia
​Dr. Linda Li will discuss current research about wearable technologies (FitBit, iWatch, etc) and the possible advantages and disavantages for getting people with arthritis moving.
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Colleen E. Carney, C.Psych. -Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University
Dr. Colleen Carney will review research on pain and insomnia and how cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for insomnia can help those with pain and insomnia.
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Jane Ballantyne, MD, FRCA-Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Washington
Dr. Jane Ballantyne will discuss the importance of measuring functional outcomes for people in pain instead of focusing on pain intensity.
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Blake Dear, PhD, MClinPsych-Managing Co-Director, eCentreClinic, Macquarie University, Australia
Dr. Blake Dear will discuss recent strategies for using technology to access better pain care for both patients and practitioners.
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February, 2016
Dr. Nancy Gyurcsik-Professor, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Nancy Gyurcsik will discuss key psychological factors that may help people with pain adhere to regular exercise, including exercise-related and pain related factors.
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December, 2015
Jennifer Stinson, RN-EC, PhD, CPNP-Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children
In this webinar, Dr. Stinson will provide examples of web and smartphone based applications for the assessment and management of chronic pain in children and discuss future avenues for research.
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August, 2015
Toby Newton-John, PhD-Senior Lecturer & Clinical Psychologist, Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney
Why do some people suffer a trauma or hardship and adapt, whereas others never fully recover? Dr. Toby Newton-John discusses resilience in its general terms and then applied specifically to the challenges of living with chronic pain.
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June, 2015
Mark Ware, MD-Director of Clinical Research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Ware examines the current evidence for cannabis and cannabinoids in pain management as well as future research opportunities
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February, 2015
Catherine Allaire MD, FRCSC-Medical Director, BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis
Dr. Allaire talks about the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of pelvic pain.
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December, 2014
Ken Craig, PhD-Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
Psychologist Ken Craig discusses how health professionals can understand other's experience of pain.
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November, 2014
Sandra LeFort, PhD, RN and Nicolaj Holm Faber-Professor, School of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Chief Consultant, Danish Committee for Health Education
This session briefly outlines the process and content of the CPSMP as well as the theory on which it is based.
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June, 2014
Romayne Gallagher PhD-Palliative Care Physician, St. Paul's Hospital
Dr. Gallagher will draw on her 13 years of experience in palliative care to share with us how pain affects older adults with and without cognitive impairments.
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May, 2014
Connie Davis, MN, ARNP, RN-Program Director, Centre for Collaboration, Motivation, and Innovation
Connie Davis uses her expansive knowledge of patient and healthcare providers to illuminate the importance of Brief Action Planning and the role it plays in supporting people's activity in their own health and wellness.
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February, 2014
Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv, ABPP, FACHP-Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
In this webinar you will learn the role that spirituality can play in chronic pain management and overall quality of life with chronic pain.
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May, 2013
Francis J. Keefe, PhD-Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Keefe will inform us about the current science on coping with chonic pain and will provide some practical tips.
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