14 April 2016

Diabetes and Chronic Pain: Two Sherbrooke Teams Receive $3M

Two teams from the CRCHUS research centre and the Université de Sherbrooke specialized in research on diabetes and chronic pain are participating in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s new initiative to accelerate the integration of research results into care.

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). Sherbrooke’s expertise will contribute to two of the five research networks created as part of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). These networks, all related to chronic diseases, have received $62.25M in funding from the Government of Canada and $126M from public and private partners.

In Sherbrooke, $3M will be injected over the next five years—$1.5M from the Centre de recherche du CHUS (CRCHUS – Research Centre) and UdeS’ Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and $1.5M from CIHR.

Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research - Sherbrooke

Dr Pierre Cossette (Université de Sherbrooke), Louis Gendron (CRCHUS), Dr William D. Fraser (CRCHUS), Dr André Carpentier (CRCHUS), and Jaime Borja (CHUS’ user comitee)


Professor and researcher André Carpentier, CIHR-GlaxoSmithKline Research Chair in Diabetes, is 1 of 15 lead researchers in the SPOR Network in Diabetes and its Related Complications.

His team will be specifically involved in creating a Canadian diabetes data registry, identifying new biomarkers through molecular imaging, and developing a clinical platform specifically aimed at welcoming new researchers to Sherbrooke.

Installing a third positron emission tomography (PET scan) medical imaging device is also part of the plan.

Chronic Pain

Professor and researcher Louis Gendron, one of the SPOR Chronic Pain Network’s lead researchers, and his team will study in greater detail analgesics—and why they don’t have the same effects on all patients.

The national research networks will bring together patients, researchers, health care professionals, and policy makers.

Sources: CRCHUS, IRSC, and
Photo credit: CRCHUS

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