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Partnering with parents to improve pain management for children.

Our Goal

All children experience pain. Canada is a world leader in children’s pain research, but many children still do not receive the pain care they deserve. Poorly managed pain is linked to many negative short- and long-term consequences. The goal of our research is to work with parents to improve pain management for children. We believe that parents can be powerful and effective champions to improve care for children.

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Leading the Charge

Dr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Chambers is an international leader in the study of children’s pain. She holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children's Pain and is a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She and her research team are based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Her award-winning work spans research, training, knowledge translation, and advocacy.

About Us
Our Team
Our Work
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What We Do


We also conduct original grant-funded research on a range of topics in children's pain management, with a focus on developmental, psychological, and family factors.

Click on the links below to find out more about our research.

Pain in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

We’re hoping to better understand arthritis- and treatment-related pain.

Parenting with chronic pain

We're learning more about parents who have chronic pain and their children in this study.

Pain in childhood cancer survivors

We're learning more about pain in childhood cancer survivors.

Can a robot help kids with their blood test?

We're trying to make getting a blood test better at the IWK Health Centre's blood clinic.

Who We Are

Our research team consists primarily of trainees and staff who work together with parents and other experts to tackle the problem of poorly managed pain in children. We collaborate with a wide range of researchers across Canada and around the world who bring complementary expertise and experience.

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Science Helping Children

Featured Resources

Featured Story

We've heard from so many parents who have benefited from our campaigns and research. Help others by sharing your pain management story.

by Shannon - Elijah

"I was a much better advocate for my child"


#ItDoesntHaveToHurt, Needle Pain

Age Group

Child (5-12 years)

Recently my 6 year old required a IV for a medical procedure. He has a lot of scar tissue from previous IV's and central lines so it can be very difficult to get an IV in. After taking part in...

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We are grateful for the following funding and support:

IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University