Category Archive: Events

Dec 01


gromala-s-pProfs. Diane Gromala, Thecla Schiphorst and Philippe Pasquier, with Vancouver Tourism, won the bid to host the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2015) in the summer of 2015. ISEA is one of the world’s most prestigious interactive art conferences. Each year, cities around the world compete to host this conference, which is scheduled to be in Sydney, Australia in 2013 and Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2014. In the year 2015, the focus of ISEA will be on Art+Science.

Oct 18

Webinar: Opiods – Friend or Foe?

CIRPD and PainBC with the support of the Canadian Pain Coalition, are pleased to announce the next webinar in our webinar series, “Chronic Pain, Improving Life While Living It”. This free webinar series, provides an opportunity forfor people living with pain as well as their families to learn from top researchers and practitioners how to live well with chronic pain.


Join us October 24th for the third webinar of our current online education series:


TOPIC:           Opioids: Friend or Foe?

Andrea Furlan MD, PhD (Associate Scientist at the Institute for Work and Health)

There is plenty of confusing and contradictory information available about using opioids to treat chronic pain. There are issues around addiction, dependency, and overdose that can be hard to understand.  Dr. Andrea Furlan will help us navigate the difficult topic of using opioids for chronic pain treatment.

DATE:            October 24, 2012 – 11:00 am – noon (PDT) / 2 – 3:00 pm (EDT)


Oct 16

Wired Cafe: Arthritis Management in a Digital World

Dr. Diane Gromala was part of a panel discussing “arthritis management in a digital world” at the W2 Media Café, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver on Tuesday, October 16.

The rapid growth of digital media has provided tremendous opportunities to access health care when and where it is needed. From social networking tools and interactive websites, to animations and virtual realities, online and mobile technologies can improve access to treatment and support for people of all ages living with arthritis. The panel was organized by BC Children’s Hospital, the Centre for Digital Media, the University of British Columbia and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.

Other panel members were Dr. Lori Tucker, Dr. Linda Li and Dr. Anne Townsend. The cafe started at 6 p.m. . Videos of the event is also available to watch at

Click here for more information.


Jul 23

Information session for patients

The Transforming Pain Research Group is holding an information session for chronic pain patients interested in learning more about our research. The session will be held at the Transforming Pain lab at the Simon Fraser University Surrey campus on Wednesday, August 1 at 6 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, please email

Jul 04

Webinar: The Chronic Pain Conundrum


The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability and PainBC, with the support of the Canadian Pain Coalition, are launching a new webinar series, “Chronic Pain, Improving Life While Living It”. This free webinar series, provides an opportunity for for people living with pain as well as their families to learn from top researchers and practitioners how to live well with chronic pain.

The first webinar takes place July 25.

TOPIC: The Chronic Pain ConundrumCurrent issues in research, awareness, education, access to care

Barry Sessle MDS, PhD (Professor & Canada Research Chair, Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, U of T

Despite many recent advances over the past 40 years in the understanding of pain mechanisms, and in pain diagnosis and treatment, considerable gaps in knowledge, education and practice remain, with chronic pain present in epidemic proportions in most countries.

DATE:            July 25, 2011 – 11:00 am – noon (PDT) / 2 – 3:00 pm (EDT)


LEARN MORE about CIRPD and this webinar series 


Jun 16

MBCT to Prevent Depression Relapse is offering an eight-week course in Vancouver this summer to help prevent depression relapse. The course, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to Prevent Depression Relapse, started June 12 and runs until July 31 at the Pacific Mountain Centre.

Details can be found at

Jun 05

Pain Lab goes to Whistler

Pain lab researchers Maryam Mobini and Mark Nazemi attended the annual conference of the Canadian Pain Society, May 24 to 26.





May 16

Vidyarthi presents Sonic Cradle at TEDActive

Sonic Cradle at TEDActiveJay Vidyarthi presented his Sonic Cradle meditative biofeedback system at TEDActive 2012, held in Palm Springs February 27-March 2.

The annual conference aims to “bring together innovative doers and thinkers to soak up remarkable ideas – and in a voice uniquely theirs, reflect them out to the world”, according to the TEDActive website.

In the Sonic Cradle, the participant is placed inside a sensory-deprivation chamber and given the ability to write a song by breathing—the experience is difficult for participants to describe, and since it’s in their heads, the video only documents the surroundings. “The goal,” said Vidyarthi, “is to [alleviate] stress and anxiety by helping people learn how to mediate and giving them a meditative experience well beyond their actual ability.”

For more information about the Sonic Cradle, click here.

Mar 08

Open House 2012

The Transforming Pain Research Group participated in the 2012 SFU Surrey Open House on March 1. A steady stream of visitors dropped by the lab to view the exhibits and posters.

Click here to see more images from Open House 2012.

Feb 27

SFU Surrey Open House

The Pain Lab will be participating in the annual SFU Surrey Open House on Thursday, February 29. The event takes place 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can view our walking virtual meditation project and talk to some of the Pain Lab researchers. Details on the Open House can be found at

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