CIMVHR presents the third symposium of the 2020 Virtual Symposium Series: Chronic Pain

Comprehensive Person-Centred Pain Management: Common Themes and the Way Forward

KINGSTON, October 21, 2020 – The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) presents the third symposium of the 2020 Virtual Symposium Series: Chronic Pain – Comprehensive Person-Centred Pain Management: Common Themes and the Way Forward. The symposium brings experts together to gather, discuss and disseminate emerging research.

WHO (in order of appearance):

  • LGen (Retd) Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD, 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command
  • Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD, National Program Director for Pain Management, Specialty Care Services; and Veterans Health Administration, Director Pain Management, Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, US Veterans Health Administration
  • Ramesh Zacharias, MD, President, CEO and Medical Director, Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans; Assistant Clinical Director, McMaster University Medical Centre
  • Pte (Retd) Michelle Bourdon, Veteran, Canadian Armed Forces

WHAT: Chronic Pain – Comprehensive Person-Centred Pain Management: Common Themes and the Way Forward (Virtual Symposium)

WHERE: Youtube live (

WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 10AM – 12PM ET

WHY: To bring researchers, clinicians, military, Veterans, public safety personnel, students and the public together in safe way to advance military, Veteran and family health research. The theme areas for each symposium were identified through a consultation process and selected as key areas of emerging research for our military, Veterans and their families. Each symposium will feature expert presenters and an opportunity for participants to engage and ask questions. The symposium series is free of charge and open to everyone interested in serving those who serve us.

For more information the Virtual Symposium Series and this week’s symposium, please visit To learn more about CIMVHR, please visit


Lauren Hanlon

ABOUT CIMVHR: CIMVHR is an innovative organization that engages existing academic research resources and facilitates the development of new research, research capacity and effective knowledge translation. Founded by Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada, CIMVHR has a network of academic researchers from across Canada and serves as the hub for 46 Canadian universities and 13 Global Affiliates who work together in addressing the health research requirements of the Canadian military, Veterans and their families.