Current Board Members

Marie-Pierre Cyr

Marie-Pierre Cyr
Co-President
UdeS and UBishop’s representative
Marie-Pierre.Cyr[a]USherbrooke.ca

Marie-Pierre is a physiotherapist. She completed a master’s degree in Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke. She is pursuing doctoral studies in the same program, in continuity with her interests in clinical research. Physiotherapy, pain, and pelvic floor function are some of her many research interests. Her current study, supervised by Dr Mélanie Morin (University of Sherbrooke) and Dr Chantale Dumoulin (University of Montreal), focuses on the effects of physiotherapy treatment in gynecological cancer survivors suffering from pain during sexual intercourse. Using mixed methods (questionnaires, ultrasound and dynamometry data and interview), this study will allow to determine if these women can benefit from this treatment.


Don Daniel Ocay

    Don Daniel Ocay
    Co-President
    UMcGill and UConcordia representative 
    Don.Ocay[a]mail.McGill.ca

Don Daniel completed his bachelor’s degree in Physiology with a minor in Biotechnology at McGill University in 2018. His interest in improving the way we assess pain in the clinic influenced him to pursue a doctoral degree at McGill University in Experimental Surgery under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Ferland in her clinical research laboratory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. The methods he uses include quantitative sensory testing (QST) and electroencephalography. His goal is to establish reference values for QST from a healthy Quebec sample which will provide a deeper understanding of the sensory abnormalities that occur in a chronic pain state in pediatric patients.


Matthieu Vincenot

Matthieu Vincenot
Events management (Retraite Douleur) and Communication management (website)
UdeS and UBishop’s representative 
Matthieu.Vincenot[a]USherbrooke.ca

After a degree in psychology at the University of Lyon (FRANCE), Matthieu obtained a Master Research in Neuropsychology and Clinical Neurosciences during which was interested in the modulation of memory during a painful stimulation. Afterwards, it was in clinic that he develops his first professional experience on elderly fragility and neurodegenerative disorders as neuropsychologist. Having joined the laboratory of Pr Guillaume Léonard in early 2019, his research     focuses on psychophysiological markers of endogenous pain mechanisms and their implications in personalized chronic pain medicine.


Jean-Luc Kaboré

  Jean-Luc Kaboré
  Communication management (Emails and members)
  UdeM and UQO representative
  Benewende.jean.luc.kabore[a]umontreal.ca

Jean-Luc comes from Burkina-Faso. He has completed a PharmD in Rabat (Morocco), followed by a Master’s degree in Health Economics at the Université d’Auvergne (France) and a Master’s degree in Pharmaco-epidemiology at the Université de Bordeaux (France). He is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Manon Choinière, PhD (Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal) and the co-supervision of Élise Roy, MD, MSc (Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke) and Denis A. Roy, MD, MPH, MSc, FRCP (INESSS). His research interests are about the benefits and risks of long-term opioid use in chronic non-cancer pain. His goal is to identify bio-psycho-social factors that can predict the efficacy of long-term opioid use.  


Hélène Ruel

  Hélène Ruel
  Assistance in Events management (PAINtalks)
  UdeM and UQO representative
  Helene.ruel.2[a]umontreal.ca

Hélène graduated from The Université de Liège (Belgium) with her DMV in 2007. She became diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology) in 2015. In 2016, she obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Sciences-veterinary neurology from the Université de Montréal. She is now pursuing a doctorate in canine pain management/Neurology in the same institution. Her research focuses on neuropathic pain in this specie and specially on improving its diagnosis and treatment. Her interests include clinical neurology, animal welfare and translational medicine when both animal and human benefit from its discoveries.


Carmen-Édith Belleï-Rodriguez

Carmen-Édith Belleï-Rodriguez
Events management (PAINtalks)
UdeS and UBishop’s representative 
Carmen-Edith.Bellei-Rodriguez[a]USherbrooke.ca

Carmen, Psychoeducator, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychoeducation and Psychology in 2014, followed by her Master’s degree in Psychoeducation (clinical and research) in 2017 at the University of Montreal. The subject of her thesis was about the IQ and the student-teacher relationship, in relation to school dropout. She is now a PhD student in research in health sciences at University of Sherbrooke, under the supervision of Guillaume Léonard and Serge Marchand. Her research project is associated with the placebo effect, pain, and attentional cognitive abilities in children with ADHD. Her goal is to better understand these elements, which are more connected than it looks. She uses various methods of magnetic resonance imaging, as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation.


Melina Papalampropoulou-Tsiridou

Melina Papalampropoulou-Tsiridou
Trainings management
ULaval and UQAC representative
Melina.papalampropoulou-tsiridou.1[a]ulaval.ca

Melina is originally from Greece and started there her journey in science. She obtained a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Patras. She, then continued her research in U.K. where she attended the University of Edinburgh and awarded with an MSc by Research Integrative Neuroscience. Melina has an extensive background in clinical research as a result of her MSc degree where she focused on structural brain imaging (MRI) and computational genomics in psychiatric disorders. Fascinated by neuroscience she decided to continue her studies and expand her research experience at Laval University.  She joined in January 2015 the laboratory of Prof. Yves De Koninck, pursuing a PhD in neuroscience and focusing on fundamental neuroscience and pain processing in animal models. </p


Alice Wagenaar-Tison

Alice Wagenaar-Tison
Communication management (Social Media)
UQTR and UQAT representative
Alice.Wagenaar[a]uqtr.ca

Alice completed her master’s degree in Research in Human Movement Sciences at Montpellier University (France) in 2017. She was then studying Parkinson’s disease and sleep disorder. Throughout her university education she developed a passion for neurosciences. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences under the supervision of Pr. Mathieu Piché and Pr. Isabelle Blanchette. Alice’s research interests are focusing on pain and cognition. She is investigating how pain and attention can influence one another and the underlaying neurophysiological mechanisms behind their interaction using electrophysiology and neuromodulation on healthy adults.


Catherine Paré
Catherine Paré

Catherine Paré
Community relations management
UMcGill and UConcordia representative 
Catherine.pare2[a]mail.mcgill.ca

Catherine completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2015. After working for two years as a psychometrist, often with individuals suffering from complex pain conditions and other comorbidities, she began a PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Michael Sullivan. Her research and clinical interests include understanding the relationship between pain conditions and mental health difficulties, particularly Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her doctoral research focuses on uncovering the complex interplay between different psychosocial risk factors which negatively impact rehabilitation outcomes. Catherine is also very interested in the dissemination of scientific knowledge, particularly to pain patients, and hopes to further pursue this throughout the pursuit of her PhD.


Justine Benoît-Piau

Justine Benoît-Piau
Finances management 
UdeS and UBishop’s representative 
Justine.Benoit-Piau[a]USherbrooke.ca

Justine obtained her degree in physiotherapy at the University of Sherbrooke in 2017. Having danced for more than 15 years and teaching for more than 7 years, she has a long-standing interest in the health of dancers. Her studies in physiotherapy has led her to question how to prevent the onset of pain in dancers. In the fall of 2017, she began a master’s degree in health sciences to deepen her understanding of risk factors for injury in this population. Under the supervision of Pre Mélanie Morin and Pre Nathaly Gaudreault, her project aims to explore the link between the activation of lumbopelvic stabilizers and the incidence of injuries among dancers.


Maxime Mireault

  Maxime Mireault
  Communication management (Emails and members)
  UdeM and UQO representative
  Maxime.Mireault[a]umontreal.ca

Maxime completed his studies in Kinesiology (2012) and Occupational Therapy (2014) at the University of Ottawa where he ended his student-athlete (football) career with success. His experiences in Canada and abroad (Switzerland and the Netherlands) have fueled his interests in the pain field. He is now doing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Manon Choinière (Research Center of the University Hospital of Montreal, CrCHUM) and Dr. Johanne Higgins (University of Montreal). His interests now lie in a better understatement of brain changes in a population with rhizarthrosis (osteoarthrosis at the base of the thumb).


Johanna Alonso

Johanna Alonso
Trainings management
ULaval and UQAC representative
Johanna.Alonso.1@ulaval.ca

Johanna is French and started her studies by obtaining a diploma of technician in biomedical analysis. Then, she did an internship in a research center in Switzerland and decided to pursue her studies with a bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and a master’s degree in Neurosciences at the University of Strasbourg (France). She came to Quebec for an internship in her master’s degree in Professor Yves De Koninck’s lab where she participated in the development of an electrophysiologic and optogenetic wireless platform. Johanna decided to continue her experience at Université Laval with a PhD in the same team. However, her project is different since she is now interested in the comorbidity between chronic pain and depression.