The Puzzle of Pain

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
Live on Zoom or On-Demand


Everyone experiences pain -- but why do some people react to the same painful stimulus in different ways? And what exactly is pain, anyway? With such vast differences in the origin, degree, duration and type of pain, the idea that a single drug can relieve all types of pain becomes inconceivable but the hunt is on for newer and more effective pain management therapies.

Join Professor Loren Martin (PhD '09 U of T) from UTM's Department of Psychology and U of T's Department of Cell & Systems Biology as he walks you through your brain on pain, illuminating why the "pain experience" differs from individual to individual and discussing the staggering reality of the failure in developing new pain drugs.


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Loren Martin
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Department of Cell & Systems Biology, U of T

Dr. Martin is a neuroscientist and Canada Research Chair in Translational Pain Research. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto in 2009 where he studied the memory impairing properties of general anesthetics. He continued his training at McGill University as a CIHR funded post-doctoral fellow where he broadened his research to examine the influence of social interactions and memory on pain perception. He joined the faculty at the University of Toronto, where his lab research continues to explore the brain changes and neural connections involved in pain perception and modulation. His lab is currently funded by NSERC, CIHR, and the Canada Research Chairs program.

Dr. Martin has received early career awards from the Canadian Pain Society and American Pain Society; he has published over 45 peer-reviewed research articles, most of which have been published in top-tier journals. His research has received considerable attention from the media and has been covered by CBC's Quirks and Quarks, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and the New York Times.





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