Think Big: A Night Out With Your Brain

Approaches to Pain

How does our body tell us something is painful? Why do certain people go on to develop chronic pain where others do not? And why is pain so difficult to treat? Join Think Big host Jay Ingram and experts from the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre as they explore these questions and discuss the latest findings in pain research and treatment.

Friday, November 24, 2017
Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Talk: 6:30 p.m.
Reception: 7:30 p.m.
Central Library

RSVP ONLINE or call 403.260.2620 to register.

This adults-only event is FREE (but seating is limited).


Dr. Lori Montgomery

Dr. Montgomery is a family physician trained at the University of Calgary. She completed a chronic pain fellowship program in Calgary which included headache, pelvic pain, neuromusculoskeletal pain and palliative home care. Her clinical practice includes patients with neuromusculoskeletal pain, headache and problem drug use at the Chronic Pain Centre and hospital inpatients with the Chronic Pain Consult Service at the four adult acute care hospitals. She is medical director of the Calgary Pain Program’s Chronic Pain Centre, and is involved in teaching of medical students, residents, and practicing professionals.


Dr. Tuan Trang

Dr. Trang’s research focuses on discovering the fundamental molecules and processes involved in chronic pain and enhancing the utility of opioid drugs in treating pain conditions. A strong focus of his research is the role of an understudied class of cells known as microglia, which are immune cells in the central nervous system, and the complex interplay between microglia and neurons in chronic pain and opioid analgesia. He utilizes behavioural, biochemical, molecular, and single cell imaging approaches in whole animal and cell culture systems. This multipronged strategy allows him to dissect the fundamental causes of chronic pain. Understanding the key molecules and processes that underlie chronic pain is a major step towards improving current therapies and identifying novel targets for creating entirely new, more effective therapeutic strategies for treating pain. The discoveries arising from his work has direct and important benefits for the clinical management of pain conditions in both humans and animals. 


Jay Ingram is a Canadian science writer/ broadcaster. He has hosted two national science programs in Canada, Quirks and Quarks on CBC radio and Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. He has written 13 books, which have been translated into 14 languages, has five honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada.