Francis obtained his pharmacology degree from the University of Sherbrooke in 2014. During his master in Pr. Guillaume Léonard lab, he studied the impact of transcranial magnetic stimulation (virtual lesion paradigm) on pain perception and the development of chronic pain. He developed a growing interest on how the brain processes pain and about the neurophysiological changes that may lead to chronic pain. Aiming to better understand the impact of neurostimulation on the brain in pain, he added functional magnetic resonance imaging to his experimental paradigm during his PhD at the University of Sherbrooke in neuroimaging with Prs. Guillaume Léonard and Kevin Whittingstall.
Martine studied Biology at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and then got her master’s degree in Experimental Medicine at Université Laval. She is currently working on her doctorate in Neurosciences at the same university. Her main area of interest is the neuromodulation of pain signals by spinal cord stimulation. Her goal is to evaluate the effects of this type of stimulation on sensory perceptions. She is currently working under the direction of Dr. Michel Pruhomme and the co-direction of Dr Sylvine Cottin at the CHU de Québec in Quebec City.
Marylie graduated from the University of Sherbrooke with a degree in Pharmacology in 2013. Throughout her academic formation, she completed several research internships, which increased her interest towards the phenomenon of pain. She has undertaken postgraduate studies in the laboratory of Professor Guillaume Léonard and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Health Sciences research program. Her research interests focus on the interaction between pain and the motor system, as well as understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms involved in pain and the chronicization of pain. In order to meet these research objectives, the latter uses innovative neurostimulation and neuroimaging techniques.
Maxime is originally from Ottawa. In 2017, he obtained his Honours Bachelor in Health Sciences (B.H.Sc.) at the University of Ottawa. He is now pursuing a master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Experimental Surgery at McGill University, where he’s studying the effects of biomechanical variables on the presence of perioperative pain in children with scoliosis. His objective is to create a patient specific biomechanical profile with the help of 3D reconstructions and sensory insoles that could change patient specific pain management. Maxime currently works in the lab of Dr. Catherine Ferland PhD with the co-supervision of Dr. Jean Ouellet MD, FRCS(C) at the Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada.
Myriam graduated from the Université de Moncton in New-Brunswick with an Honours degree in psychology in 2014. Since then, she is a Ph.D student in clinical psychology at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. Her clinical and research interests encompass an interdisciplinary perspective on psychological and interpersonal factors affecting couples coping with chronic pain. For her doctorate research, she is particular interested in genito-pelvic pain affecting couple’s sexual health and well-being. Using a daily diary approach, her doctorate research project attemps to examine the role of perceived injustice, shame and guilt among women with provoked vestibulodynia – the most common form of genito-pelvic pain – and their partners. When she is not busy with research and clinical work, Myriam stays active throught CrossFit and running.
Jean-Luc comes from Burkina-Faso. He has completed a PharmD in Rabat (Morocco), followed by a Master’s degree in Health Economics at the Université d’Auvergne (France) and a Master’s degree in Pharmaco-epidemiology at the Université de Bordeaux (France). He is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Manon Choinière, PhD (Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal) and the co-supervision of Élise Roy, MD, MSc (Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke) and Denis A. Roy, MD, MPH, MSc, FRCP (INESSS). His research interests are about the benefits and risks of long-term opioid use in chronic non-cancer pain. His goal is to identify bio-psycho-social factors that can predict the efficacy of long-term opioid use. In his spare time, Jean-Luc enjoys reading philosophical novels, going to the movies, and watching football on TV especially those of FC Barcelona.
Nitasha graduated from Carleton University with an honours degree in neuroscience and mental health in 2015. During her time here, she was first introduced to pain research, which inspired her to apply for a PhD in this field. Now she is starting her third year of her PhD in the neuroscience program at McGill University in Dr. Terence Coderre’s lab. Her project focuses on examining the contribution of metabotropic glutamate receptors in animal models of persistent pain. When Nitasha isn’t at the lab, she enjoys going to the gym and playing badminton.
Sara obtained an engineering degree in Biology from the National Institute of applied science and technologies in Tunisia. Her passion for neuroscience led her to pursue a master degree in cognitive neuroscience in EPHE-Sorbonne Paris, France. After that, she was offered the opportunity to continue in neuroanatomy field in a PhD program in UQTR, Canada. Currently on her third year of PhD, under the supervision of Mathieu Piché and Gilles Bronchti, she investigates the neuroanatomy of pain in a congenital blind mouse model.