Research Profile

Read about the Pain Dementia Virtual Reality Research Study.

With funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), and the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, the Pain, Dementia & Virtual Reality Research Team is developing learning materials for friends and family members who care for people living with dementia. People living with advanced dementia may have difficulty understanding or answering common questions about pain. Caregivers play important roles in supporting pain self-management and treatment decision making. This multidisciplinary team, led by Dr. Susan Tupper, conducted interviews with people living with dementia and their family or friends who provide care for them. From these interviews they developed a “learning curriculum” that outlines the information about pain that people living with dementia and their family caregivers want to know or feel is important for others like them to know about pain. This research is ongoing. The team is CURRENTLY RECRUITING family caregivers and persons living with dementia to take part in Phase 2 of the research. This involves viewing and providing feedback on two virtual reality videos (pet therapy with horses, and Cranberry Flats). Participants will be provided access to a virtual reality headset to view the videos. Contact Dr. Susan Tupper at to find out if you are eligible to take part in the study. Final results of the study will be shared on the SaskPain website and through other partnering community organizations like the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Council on Aging. The team is partnering with Luxonic Technologies Inc. to create virtual reality videos to support recognition and management of pain for people living with dementia. Visit our Facebook profile

Research partners

Take a look through other Saskatchewan research profiles.
Living with Chronic Back Pain Research Study
Physical Activity for Chronic Pain Management – Research Team
Family Health Lab
Pediatric Pain Research Team
Pain Treatment Planning Questionnaire – Bleeding Disorders
See Pain More Clearly

News from outside Saskatchewan

Dive into pain news and research from across Canada and around the world.

Canadian Pain Task Force
The Canadian Pain Task Force was established to address challenges those living with pain face related to stigma and access to health services.
Click here to learn about how the CPTF is seeking online consultations on how to improve how we prevent, manage, and learn about pain in Canada.
Pain BC
Pain BC is an organization whose aim is to transform the way pain is understand and treat pain in the province of British Columbia. This can’t be done without changing the systems that people rely on to live well.
National Pain Centre (McMaster University)
Established in 2010, the National Pain Centre’s mission is to improve the management of pain through the dissemination of best practice information.
Pain Society of Alberta
The Pain Society of Alberta’s mission is the provision of education, resources, and support for healthcare providers in effort to improve care and outcomes for those in pain.
The International Assocation for the Study of Pain was founded in 1973. The IASP mission is to bring together scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers, and policy makers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.