The Waterloo Region Chronic Pain Initiative

WORKSHOP: Pain Clinic | Mindfulness | Pharmacogenomics:

The tenth workshop of the Waterloo Region Chronic Pain Initiative will be on Tuesday May 14, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

SCENT FREE PLEASE – Please do not use scented products while attending this workshop, such as perfume, cologne and hair spray.

Please click here to register with Eventbrite to reserve your spot at no charge.

This is a free event that is open to the general public.

Presentations will begin at 7:00 PM with our speakers:.

  • Khrystine Waked (UW Resident Pharmacist) – “Pharmacogenomics” – How genes and drugs interact.
  • Jennie Rowe (Social Worker) – “Mindfulness” – managing chronic pain.
  • Dr. Scott Cook – Discusses Grand River Hospital’s new Pain Management Centre.

Each presentation will be about 30 minutes, followed by audience questions.


School of Pharmacy, Room 1004 (main floor)
University of Waterloo
10A Victoria Street South
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1C5

Parking at the School of Pharmacy will be provided at no charge to participants – please make sure you receive a “Parking Pass” from one of our parking attendants.

If you require a disabled parking spot, our parking attendants can guide you to the proper location.

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Please click here to register with Eventbrite to reserve your spot at no charge.

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1 in 5 Canadians struggle with chronic pain

Pain is invisible.

People with chronic pain often:

  • feel misunderstood;
  • feel alone in their suffering;
  • find that their pain is questioned by family, friends and/or medical professionals.

Chronic pain:

  • is pain that doesn’t go away after three months;
  • may be intermittent (occurring on and off);
  • may vary with intensity during the day, weeks, months or years;
  • may be persistent;
  • may result from a known cause (such as surgery or injury) or as a consequence of a disease process (such as rheumatoid arthritis).

Many times the cause of chronic pain is unknown.

Two of the major, non-cancer types of chronic pain are:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain

People who take an “active” role in learning and practicing coping behaviors tend to experience less:

  • Social Isolation
  • Psychological Shifts
  • Work/Career Shifts
  • Self-redefinition