Trainees of the month!

June 2018

Christelle Khadra (UdeM)

Christelle is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Montreal under the supervision of Dr. Sylvie Le May. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in Lebanon in 2010 then moved to Montreal to pursue her graduate studies. Her interest in clinical pain research started during her master’s studies at the University of Montreal, completed in 2012, when she focused on pain scales and developed the Adolescent Cancer Suffering Scale. Since starting her PhD in 2014, her research focus is on pain management, particularly non-pharmacological interventions. She is investigating the effect of virtual reality on procedural pain management in children with burn injuries. Christelle is an active member of the pain research community. She served as the communications representative of the QNJPI for a year and as the vice-president of the research conference on the student association of the CHU Ste-Justine Research Center for three consecutive years. She is also a trainee in the Pain in Child Health (PICH) group, a CIHR strategic training initiative. Finally, Christelle is always looking for opportunities to advance her knowledge in the pain field as she participated in the 2015 Pediatric Pain Master Class, the 2016 North American Pain School, as well as in a three-month research training in Neuroethics in pain at Georgetown University.


May 2018

Sara Touj (UQTR)

Sara is a PhD student in the laboratory of neuroanatomy at the University of Québec à Trois-Rivières under the mentoring of Prof. Gilles Bronchti and Prof. Mathieu Piché. Sara graduated as a biology engineer in 2013 from the National Institute of Science and Technology in Tunisia. After that, she completed a masters in neurosicence at EPHE, Sorbonne in France. She enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences PhD program in UQTR in 2015. She is working on an animal model of congenital blindness. Using several MRI, immunohistochemistry and histological techniques she is investigating the underlying mechanisms of pain hypersensitivity in early blindness. Sara is a very active and passionate member of the pain research community and wants to pursue her research career in the pain field. She will finish her PhD soon and she is looking to integrate into a laboratory of clinical research in pain for her postdoc.


April 2018

Élora Midavaine (UdeS)

Élora is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Pharmacology of the Université de Sherbrooke under Prof. Philippe Sarret’s mentoring. Élora graduated with a degree in Biochemistry in 2012 in Sherbrooke, joined Prof. Sarret’s lab as a Master’s student and then transferred to the PhD program in 2015. Using a breast cancer bone metastasis pain model in rats, she is investigating the pharmacological, genetic and allosteric modulation of the CCR2 chemokine receptor, in order to uncover its analgesic efficacy and anti-cancer activity. She is an extremely active and passionate member of the pain research community, as is attested by her 2-year presidency within the QNJPI and her recent participation in the 2017 North American Pain School (NAPS). As a result of her lab experience and her presence on many committees, she has developed a profound interest in the pain research field and is actively looking for a post-doctoral fellowship to undertake after the completion of her PhD.


March 2018

Maria Zamfir  (McGill University)

Maria is a PhD student at McGill University working at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). Maria completed her bachelor degree in Neuroscience at McGill University. In 2013, she was accepted in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN) rotation program at McGill. Through this program she did three internships in various research fields before starting her PhD project in pain research. Under the supervision of Prof. Philippe Séguéla, she is currently studying the role of mu opioid receptors in the mouse anterior cingulate cortex. In the future, she hopes to pursue her passion for design and neuroscience and will be looking for a post-doctoral position.


February 2018   

Clémentine Brun (ULaval)

Clémentine is a Ph.D. student at Université Laval in rehabilitation and affiliated with the Center of Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) in Quebec City, under the supervision of Professors Catherine Mercier (U. Laval) and Candy McCabe (Bath, United Kingdom). Before her Ph.D. studies, Clémentine graduated in Psychology in France (Master’s degree).

Currently, she is studying the alterations of body representation and movement in the presence of acute and chronic pain (fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome) thanks to a robotic exoskeleton coupled with 2D virtual reality. In 2017, she completed a 6-week internship in Candy McCabe‘s lab at the Royal National Hospital of Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath. The RNHRD is a European center of expertise in the treatment of chronic pain. After her Ph.D., Clémentine is going to pursue her postdoctoral studies in Quebec, in Dr Roy’s lab in Montreal, and will continue to study in the pain field.