University of Calgary
UofC Navigation

Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine (FIVM) Seminar Series

Osteoarthritis in the Cat: A Painful Sensation?

On Friday October 17, 2014, Dr. Éric Troncy of the Université de Montréal will discuss osteoarthritis in the cat, and how a greater understanding of pain and associated hypersensitivity can lead to new drugs and treatment options for both pets and people. Elderly cats are largely affected by osteoarthritis, leading to a significant decrease in their quality of life.

An internationally-recognized member of the scientific veterinary community for his works on animal pain, metrology, and treatment, Dr. Troncy believes that a mechanisms-based diagnosis will lead to better management of this chronic disease.  “The inclusion of neuroproteomics, metabolomics, and genomics is improving the characterization of pain syndromes, and also offers outcomes to complete concurrent validity of subjective pain quantification,” said Dr. Troncy. “Our first goal is to better characterize and address this issue in cats, but the high degree of transferability from cats to humans means that this will open a new avenue to test products that could end up in clinical trials.”

Eric TroncyDr. Troncy is a professor and the Director of the Animal Pharmacology Research Group of Quebec (GREPAQ) in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anaesthesiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal. 

With impacts on both animal welfare and human medicine, Dr. Troncy’s current research includes acute and chronic pain syndromes in animals, evaluation of objective and subjective pain outcome assessments, and efficacy determination of analgesics in both small and large animals. He was recognized as Knight of the Ordre du Mérite Agricole of the French Republic in 2009 for his devotion to promote animal pain management, and named “Researcher of the Year” in 2010 by the Université de Montréal FVM. He was also noted for “Excellence in Research” by the Université de Montréal FVM in 2013.  

Most recently, Dr. Troncy's work has focused on pain mechanisms and functional restriction in naturally occurring and experimental osteoarthritis in cats and dogs.  He has supervised 18 MSc and 10 PhD students over the last 6 years, and has authored 113 research publications, 84 continuing education publications, 131 guest presentations and 203 scientific abstracts.

Learn more about Dr. Troncy's research