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Ana Miriam Velly

Ana Miriam Velly, PhD, MSc, DDS

Clinical Epidemiology

Acute to chronic pain transition, Biomarkers, Epidemiology, NCOHR, Opiods, Orofacial Pain, Pain, Pain management, Pharmacoepidemiology, Randomized clinical trials
  • Investigator, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
  • Director of Research, Department of Dentistry, Jewish General Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, McGill University
  • Director of the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR)
  • Chair, Orofacial Pain Working Group, NCOHR
  • Associate Member, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies and Dental Clinic, Jewish General Hospital
  • Research Associate, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota

Contact details

(514) 340-8222 ext. 27911

Assistant contact details

  • Berlant AlSabbagh,
    Research Coordinator
    (514) 340-8222 ext. 27911


My research interest is focused on the following areas: pain epidemiology, biomarkers, studies assessing the risk factors associated with the transition from acute to chronic pain and persistence of pain, RCTs assessing the effectiveness of pain management, and studies investigating the association between opioids, pneumonia and cancer risks. Much of my research is international, with collaborative projects in Canada, the USA, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Netherland, India, and Japan.

Major Research Activities

Ana Miriam Velly’s research interests include:

  • Identifying the risk and prognostic factors related to acute and chronic pain;
  • Identifying risk factors related to the transition from acute to chronic pain;
  • Determining the relationship between chronic pain and comorbid conditions;
  • Determining prognostic factors related to unsuccessful pain treatment;
  • Evaluating the best strategies for the management of acute and chronic pain;
  • Identifying the adverse events related to pharmacologic pain management;
  • Identifying biomarkers associated with acute and chronic pain.

Areas of Research:

  • Cancer Diagnosis and Detection
  • Community Health / Public Health
  • Oro-Facial Pain
  • Pain

Fields of Application:

  • Pathogenesis and treatment of diseases
  • Public Health

Recent Publications and References