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Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care

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WEBSITE: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/paininstitute/

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Pain is central to many medical conditions and ailments, and has a tremendous impact on quality of life, health care costs and economic productivity. However, the causes of pain, and pathways to new and more effective therapies, are still shrouded in mystery.

As a result of the DeGroote family gift, a world-class institute will be created at McMaster to focus the clear, piercing light of science and medicine on this age-old problem. Encompassing an array of technologies, disciplines and specialties, the institute will explore the causes of a number of different types of pain, develop new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis and management and develop innovative care for patients.

A special emphasis will be on thalamic pain. This type of pain is centred in the thalamus of the brain and may cause sufferers to experience numerous forms of discomfort. Michael DeGroote himself has suffered from a severe form of thalamic pain since experiencing a stroke a few years ago.

The institute’s medical director is respected clinician Dr. Akbar Panju, chief of the Department of Medicine of the Hamilton Health Sciences hospitals.