Optimization of peri-operative pain management using a biochemical approach - ANAT 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Dr Jean A Ouellet

Supervisor's Email: jaouellet [at] hotmail.com

Supervisor's Phone: 514 282 7150

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department:  Experimental Surgery

Course number: ANAT 396 (Biochemistry)

Term: Fall 2015-2016

Project start date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Project end date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Project title: Optimization of peri-operative pain management using a biochemical approach

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The focus of this research is to assess molecular markers found in blood or in saliva that would help us identify the presence and intensity of pain in children who are undergoing spine surgery. Physiological samples are collected before, during and after surgery in parallel to patients' pain reports. Associations between biomarkers regulation, functional and psychosocial variables will be assessed with statistical analysis.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% - laboratory performance (including an oral presentation); 50% - final written report

Other project information:

  • This project involves observation in a real clinical setting, manipulation of human physiological samples and data entry work.
  • Applicant should have a good understanding of the basis of statistical analysis and have basic laboratory bench experience (pipetting, centrifuge, protein quantification). The Applicant should be highly organized and work as a team player.
  • For additional information please contact Catherine Ferland, PhD 514 842 4464, email: catherine.ferland-legault [at] mail.mcgill.ca
  • It may also be possible to register for this project as BIOC 396 or HGEN 396, subject to the approval of Biochemistry or Human Genetics.
  • A co-supervisor may be required.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply / Next steps: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Human subjects; Biohazardous substances; Handling chemicals.