A new Université Laval chair to improve treatments for chronic pain

14 May 2019

Québec City, May 14, 2019 – The Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval is establishing a new Educational Leadership Chair (CLE) on chronic pain thanks to a major donation from MEDISCA. The goal of the chair is to improve tools for preventing pain chronicity and provide better treatments for people with chronic pain.

According to the article, “The Prevalence of Chronic Pain in Canada” published in the journal Pain Research and Management, chronic pain is a health problem that affects over 20% of the adult population and is the cause of nearly half of all visits to primary care physicians. “Day after day, frontline medical professionals tell us they do not feel equipped to manage patients with chronic pain, given the functional impact such pain has on all areas of a patient’s life and how hard it is to identify effective treatment.  They struggle to get patients actively engaged in their own well-being,” said the new Chairholder, Dr. Anne Marie Pinard, who is also an anesthesiologist and an associate professor in the Université Laval Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care.

The creation of the new chair was made possible thanks to a donation of $500,000 over 5 years by MEDISCA. “We’re proud to join forces with Université Laval and its Faculty of Medicine to contribute to the advancement of chronic pain treatment methods. With its multidisciplinary approach, the partnership will give healthcare professionals additional tools to better manage and meet the specific needs of patients with chronic pain to help improve their quality of life. This approach is an integral part of MEDISCA’s mission and values,” explains Antonio Dos Santos, president and CEO of MEDISCA.

The new chair’s mission is to improve training for students in health-related programs (medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, pharmacy, and nursing), while meeting the continuing education needs of frontline healthcare professionals already in practice. For the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Julien Poitras, the creation of this chair is squarely in line with the vision of the Faculty, which, guided by its commitment to social responsibility, seeks to promote a shift toward sustainable health for the benefit of individuals and society as a whole. “This educational leadership chair demonstrates our pedagogical expertise in chronic pain management and our desire to share our knowledge in this field for the good of the population.”

“MEDISCA will leverage their unique expertise to help adapt teaching strategies to the professional realities students will face and to create a stimulating environment for research, knowledge transfer, and pedagogy in the field of chronic pain,” adds Robert Beauregard, vice rector of academic and student affairs at Université Laval.

Other chair objectives include setting up a long-distance learning program for practicing healthcare professionals and a portal with information and self-management tools for people suffering from chronic pain and their loved ones, in collaboration with the Québec Pain Research Network (QPRN).

Dr. Anne Marie Pinard works exclusively in pain management at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. She is the director of Université Laval’s subspecialty program in pain medicine, head of QPRN’s strategic knowledge transfer initiative, and a research associate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS). She also holds a master’s degree in educational technology from TÉLUQ. Her main areas of interest are knowledge transfer, interprofessional collaboration, and medical education.

MEDISCA is the leader in providing turnkey solutions to the pharmaceutical compounding industry and allied health care professionals worldwide. Through its global partners, LP3 Network and MEDISCA Network, MEDISCA supports prescribers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians engaged in personalized medicine by offering quality products, educational trainings, and technical support services. In 2019, MEDISCA proudly celebrates 30 years of industry leading excellence. Our perennial pursuit to continuously address growing demands in this evolving field is fueled by our dedication to our customers and the compounding industry. MEDISCA is established in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.



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