Professor wins award for pain research
Caroline Pukall (Psychology) is one of two recipients of Pfizer Canada’s Neuropathic Pain Research Awards Competition.
Dr. Pukall’s work focuses on vulvodynia: vulvar discomfort in the absence of relevant visible findings or a specific, clinically identifiable, neurologic disorder. She supervises graduate and undergraduate students on projects spanning many aspects of vulvodynia, including psychosexual function, pain characteristics, genital and non-genital sensitivity, blood flow, brain imaging and treatment outcome.
The competition aims to fund and support independent neuropathic pain research in the areas of basic biomedical, clinical and health sciences. Neuropathic pain is a disease caused by injury or dysfunction of the nerves, spinal cord or brain. It is estimated that more than 2.2 million Canadians suffer from this chronic condition, often in combination with other types of pain such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and migraine headaches.