Future Leaders in Pain Research
2007 Grant Recipient: Magali Millecamps, PhD
Animal Models of Low Back Pain
Please state which institution you are currently conducting research.
McGill University, Montréal, Canada
How did receiving the Future Leaders in Pain Research Grant impact your career in pain research?
This grant allowed me to provide robust preliminary results to further apply for a CIRH grant (Canadian equivalent for NIH), and we got a 3-year grant (equivalent to R01). The data also has been published in SPINE in 2011.
What is your current research focus? Briefly describe the importance of this work and how it advances the APS goals, mission, and your own personal development.
I’m currently working on the relationship between intervertebral disc damage/degeneretation (DD) and low back pain (LBP) in rodent. LBP is the number one pain condition in our society and costs more (treatment, physiotherapy, disability and work day lost) that cancer and arthritis cumulated together. A better understanding of LBP could impact on health of millions of people, and very little is currently known about this condition.
Are you still an APS member? If yes, do you feel that it has been of value to your professional development?
I’m not currently an APS member, but still was until very recently, and plan to join again. There are too many societies to be part of all groups.