Blog: Pediatric Pain leads Canadian research, and Canada leads the world in pediatric pain!

November 3rd, 2012



A carefully documented report examining Canadian expertise and productivity in the biological, physical, engineering and social sciences has identified research in pediatric pain as the top area of research specialization.  This stunning news appeared in “The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012, as prepared by The Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology in Canada working on behalf of the Council of Canadian Academies.


Advanced bibliometric techniques, cluster analysis in particular, were used to identify areas of research specialization—i.e., areas in which Canada publishes more than would be expected based on average world publication rates on that topic.  Of the top ten research areas, pediatric pain was in the top rank.  Canada’s share of world publications in the area was 15.5%.  The average number of citations to these papers was also high.


Two research areas of high specialization were in medicine—neonatal/pediatric pain management and traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation.  Canadian researchers also appear to be highly active in a number of areas of geology and mineral extraction, including oil sands, and in several areas related to environmental science and toxicology, including environmental mercury deposition, stress impacts in freshwater fish species, and polychlorinated biphenyls in the environment.

A shortcut to the full report appears at: