McMaster University

McMaster University

Michael G. DeGroote Centre Institute for Pain Research and Care

Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre

A Pillar of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre Institute for Pain Research and Care

The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre is the third pillar in the tripod of what we anticipate will be an internationally important initiative.

In Hamilton, the identification of the problem of chronic pain and the need for development of effective treatment is increasingly absorbing more attention and focus.

We have the basic science program currently in the Institute for Pain Research and Care, robustly accented with related research in its sister institutes.

McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences currently operate the largest university-affiliated pain centre in Canada, with over 13,000 patient visits annually. This provides clinical care as well as training for health care professionals in pain management, and a unique opportunity to evaluate the impact of guidelines on care.

The combination of basic science, clinical care and education, and now the National Pain Centre’s development of best practice guidelines will make the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care unequalled in the international quest to resolve the problem of chronic pain.

News and Announcements

  • McMaster Pain Institute has created a website for pain sufferers to get reliable information, rate treatments and sign up for research studies. The on-line resource is desgined to help people who live with pain. Sept 24 2015

  • The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, attends the National Pain Centre's Prescribig Practices Forum marking an important milestone in the federal government's efforts to work closely with partners to tackle prescription drug abuse. (May 15, 2015)
  • National Pain Centre researcher, Dr. Jason Busse receives Health Canada funding to update the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. (May 2015)

  • My Opioid Manager (MyOM) was developed to help individuals considering opioid therapy to better understand and describe their pain, communicate effectively with their primary health care provider about opioids, and safely manage their pain with this medication on a long-term basis. Find out more:
  • New App helps patients with chronic pain safely monitor opioid use. (Feb 24 2015)
  • Canada AM interview - 'Chronic Pain' with Lynn Cooper, BES, and Andrea Furlan, MD, PhD. (Sept 16, 2014)

  • Push on to get dentists to stop routinley prescribing potentially deadly opioids. Ottawa Citizen. (July 10, 2014)

  • Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education Award – Dr. Norm Buckley, Director of the National Pain Centre was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education Award.  The award was presented to Dr. Buckley at the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Meeting held May 20-23, 2014 in Quebec City.  Each year a CPS member who has demonstrated excellence in interprofessional pain education in an accredited university setting, a community hospital setting or in a setting with various community healthcare professionals is honoured with this award.

  • Template for Action – This template is the product of three meetings concerning “A Practical Approach to Prescription Drug Misuse and Diversion” which included a wide range of people and organizations with an interest in resolving the problem of prescription drug misuse.  Our goal is that stakeholders will take the strategic action items and carry them out in their own community.  Please forward your comments to us regarding which group you belong to and how feasible or effective you find them to be.  If you are interested in participating in future activity around this initiative please email your contact information to us at 

  • National strategy announced - "First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada's Prescription Drug Crisis" aimed at highlighting what is needed to address the problem of prescription drug abuse in Canada.
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