Dr. James Henry

Posted by James Henry | General | Tuesday 20 April 2010 12:45 PM

Dr. James L. Henry; Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
Professor, Department of Anesthesia
Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

James (Jim) Henry is a cellular and systems neurophysiologist with a focus on physiological and chemical mechanisms of transfer of information at the first sensory synapse in the spinal cord, and the changes in phenotype of dorsal root ganglion neurons in animal models of chronic pain. He spent his career at McGill and was recruited in 2002 to the University of Western Ontario as the inaugural Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. In 2005 he was recruited to McMaster as the inaugural Scientific Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care. Recently, he has added a new dimension to his research interests because of his experiences with a local chronic pain support group that he and his wife established in the Burlington/Hamilton area – seeing a chasm between basic research he has been directing his research toward (i) facilitating the commercialization process of new chemical entities for treatment of pain by participating in research and development under contract with pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as (ii) toward knowledge translation and qualitative research, having received a $2.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a project entitled, “Community Alliances for Health Research and Knowledge Exchange in Pain”. He is a past President of the Canadian Pain Society, current President of the Canadian Pain Foundation, and he sits on a number of national and international committees in the field of pain. He is on the editorial boards of Pain Research & Management, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, and Pain Research and Treatment. He has received a number of awards, including the Distinguished Career Award of the Society (2000), the Raymond W. Houde memorial Award of the Eastern Pain Society, New York (2006), and the Gunn-Loke Lecture and Award from the Multidisciplinary Pain Center of the University of Washington (2008). He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, and has edited two books.

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