Claire graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Science degree in 2009. It was here that she was first introduced to pain research while working with Dr. Cathy Cahill on her Honours Thesis Project. Her experience in research was so positive that she moved to Montreal to join the lab of Dr. Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva at McGill University in the Fall of 2009. She is now a 4th year PhD Student investigating how changes to the peripheral nervous system drive and maintain neuropathic pain. In addition to being a QNJPI board member since 2010, Claire is actively involved in McGill’s Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain. She is passionate about getting people more involved in the scientific community. Science consumes most of her life, but when she can escape from the lab she enjoys skiing with the McGill Snowboard Club, exploring Montreal by bike and dancing the night away with friends.
Mélanie Morin graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in pharmacology in 2005. She then started her master’s project under Dr Sylvie Lafrenaye and Serge Marchand’s supervision, in the Pain Research Lab of the Center for Clinical Research of the CHUS. In 2013, she completed her PhD studies in the same lab. Her research examined the long-term effects of neonatal pain in subjects either born preterm or full-term. She is now a research assistant in the Gynaecologic Pain Research Lab of the Center for Clinical Research, in Sherbrooke. She has been a member of the QNJPI since the beginning and attended every annual research days. It was a natural transition to be now part of the board! When she is not working, Mélanie, who always needs to move, is enjoying dancing, climbing, swimming and hicking.
Whitney graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours degree in psychology in 2009. Her passion for pain research began during her thesis research projects in the UBC Pain Lab under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Craig. She is now a 4th year PhD student in clinical psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Michael Sullivan. Her research examines psychosocial predictors of pain and disability in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. She has been a QNJPI board member since January 2013 and is excited to engage with trainees in Quebec working in diverse areas of pain research. When she is not busy with research and clinical work, Whitney enjoys running, reading a good book, and traveling (London and Edinburgh are personal favourites!).
Jean graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1984. In private practice for 19 years, he started teaching in 1995 at the chiropractic department at the Université de Trois-Rivières, PQ, Canada. Sessional lecturer, he was appointed adjunct professor from 2006-09 and held the position of Director of clinical practicums. Jean went back to university and is now a second-year doctoral student at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Sylvie Le May RN, PhD and Dr Hubert Labelle.at the CHU Ste-Justine. Jean research project focuses on the efficacy of spinal manipulative therapy for back pain associated with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. When he is not researching, he likes to ride his bike and is a Vélo Québec certified cycling escort.
Caroline is a registered nurse and a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience since September 2013 under the supervision of Dr Nadia Gosselin and Dr Gilles Lavigne at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, a health center affiliated to the Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada. Her research interest focuses on the validation of electrophysiological makers of conscious pain perception in critically ill traumatic brain injured (TBI) patients and on the prevention of chronic pain in this vulnerable group. During her PhD in nursing at McGill University, she collaborated to the validation process of behavioral indicators of pain in nonverbal adults in the intensive care unit. Her current postdoctoral work focuses on examining the contribution of persistent pain to the neuroanatomical changes observed in the months following a TBI. In particularly, she investigates the contribution of altered patterns of behavioral and cortical excitability in the intensive care unit to the development of chronic pain 1 year post-TBI.
Ihab received his Honours degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology from the University of Ottawa in 2010. The rewarding experience he gained during his honours research project encouraged him to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience. He joined the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University in 2010. As a Master’s candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Philippe Séguéla, he interrogated the neuroprotective role of ASIC channels under ischemic conditions. Ihab transferred to the PhD program under the same supervision in December 2011, with a complete change in research topic leading him to the “painful” side of science. His current work focuses on investigating the optogenetic modulation of peripheral nociceptive pathways in vivo. Ihab is interested in promoting interdisciplinary interactions in order to develop collaborative projects addressing major caveats/challenges in the pain field. He also participates in many extracurricular activities, such as teaching neuroscience to high school students. To overcome science-induced stress, he enjoys hanging out with friends over a drink or a BBQ, playing team sports particularly basketball, and outdoor activities such