McGill's Faculty of Dentistry has long been involved in research on pain, and many of our professors have large, internationally recognized research programs bringing new insight into how we perceive pain, and the mechanisms underlying pain. Pain research at McGill is amongst the best in the world, based on this large critical mass of exceptional pain researchers, and on a tradition of outstanding accomplishments in the neurosciences. McGill pain studies appearing in the world’s most influential journals. The research on pain conducted at McGill and in the Faculty of Dentistry will: (1) help in understanding the physiologic basis of a number of unexplained chronic pain conditions, (2) provide new therapies for chronic and acute pain conditions, (3) provide novel animal models for pain conditions such as neuropathic pain, migraine, complex regional pain syndrome, functional abdominal pain, interstitial cystitis, back pain, fibromyalgia and vulvodynia, (4) help explain the influence of genetic, environmental and dietary factors in the development of chronic pain, and (5) understand the influence of psychological factors on pain.
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