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Keeping hope alive through veteran-first chronic pain research.

Discover how the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence is working with veterans to shape the future of chronic pain management.
Derek Speirs

The Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence provides national leadership for research co-designed with veterans and their families, and supports the implementation of this research with a national network of clinics to help veterans and their families manage their pain and reconnect with life.

Thanks to $20 million in funding from Veterans Affairs Canada over 5 years, the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans will be a world leader in veteran-first chronic pain research and care.

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Our National Network

With the Centre of Excellence’s research, we support the implementation of pain management therapies through a national network of clinics, and provide training and education for interdisciplinary teams to improve the delivery of evidence-based pain care across the country.

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For Veterans
& Families

Find tools and resources especially for veterans dealing with chronic pain and their families.
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For Clinicians & Researchers

Learn how you can adopt best practices for your chronic pain clinic and partake in research.
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The Latest

Bruno Guévremont and Dawn Herniman on CHCH Evening News with Phil Perkins

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Congratulations Derek Speirs For Being Awarded Commendation from Minister of Veterans Affairs!

Derek Speirs has been awarded a Commendation from the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, for his dedication to improving the well-being of Veterans.
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Why We Should Move Away from Opioids for Management of Veterans’ Post-Injury Acute Pain

The Centre of Excellence's Research Director Jason Busse published two new evidence reviews which examine the links between opioids and non-opioid alternatives, and how effective they are in treating chronic pain related to acute musculoskeletal injuries especially in Veterans.
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Management of Acute Pain From Non–Low Back Musculoskeletal Injuries

Patients and clinicians can choose from several treatment options to address acute pain from non–low back musculoskeletal injuries.
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Leadership & Board
The Centre of Excellence’s Board of Directors oversees the operations and financials of the Centre of Excellence as a not-for-profit, and includes veterans, industry leaders, and chronic pain experts from McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.
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