We are a research group and lab. We invent systems for the mind and body to help transform the lives of people who live in persistent pain.


Dr. Gromala visits pain doctors' clinics downtown and arranges for research studies with patients on-site. That way, patients don't need to make extra trips.


The Pain Studies Lab is a research group and physical research space funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT). It was founded and is directed by Dr. Diane Gromala, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Computational Technologies for Transforming Pain.

The diversity of our research work is reflected in our funding, which includes GRAND, a Network of Centres of Excellence; the CRC; and Canada’s Tri-Councils.

SSRCH: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

NSERC: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

CIHR: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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