Jul 19, 2018
Dr. Kiran Yashpal and Dr. James Henry
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Both neuroscientists, researching mechanisms of pain, particularly chronic pain, spending most of their academic careers at McGill University in Montreal.

In 2002 Dr. Henry was recruited to the University of Western Ontario as Chair of two departments, which he merged into the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

In 2005 he was subsequently recruited to McMaster University as the Inaugural Scientific Director of the Michael DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.

They both retired in 2010 and have since been working on two start-up companies in the field of neuroscience.

As Halton residents living in Burlington they began to give back to the community, setting up the Halton/Hamilton Chronic Pain Support Group that has been running monthly meetings since 2005.  To support this Group, they established the Ontario Pain Foundation and hold fundraisers to sustain this Group.  The Foundation also holds Public Lectures on issues related to chronic pain and also holds an annual Public Forum with distinguished speakers in the field of pain care.  There is no charge for any participation in any of these events.

Since 2005 the Foundation has also held an annual full-day Professional Development Course for local family physicians, on pain management best practices.  This course is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter, and attracts about 120 local family physicians.

As part of their commitment to give back to the community, and to fulfil a desire of Kiran to provide rehabilitation facilities to the poor in a community in India, we collaborated with the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar to raise funds to establish such a facility in Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh, an industrial town of just over 8,000 people.

The presentation of today is to familiarize you with the project and its progress.