B.D.S., B.Sc., M.D.S., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Barry Sessle
Main Appointments

Professor, Faculty of Dentistry 

Cross Appointments

Professor, Department of Physiology

(416) 946-3742

Dr. Sessle’s internationally-renowned research into orofacial pain and neuromuscular function and dysfunction has been supported for over 40 years by both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has published 12 books and more than 400 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Sessle was Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry from 1990-2001. 

Research & Clinical Specialties

Fellow, the Royal Society of Canada

Member, the Canadian Academy of Science

Fellow, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Honourary, Member, International Association for the Study of Pain

Honourary Member, American Academy of Orofacial Pain

Honourary Member, Canadian Pain Society

Honourary Member, Academy of Dentistry

Editor-in-Chief, the Journal of Oral and Facial Pain and Headache

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, University of Toronto (2000-2014)

Secretary of ACTION Ontario

Past President of the Canadian Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, Canadian Association for Dental research, and International Association for Dental Research

Dean, Faculty of Dentistry (1990-2001)

Select Publications

Dubner, R., Storey, A..T., Sessle, B.J. The Neural Basis of Oral and Facial Function. Plenum Press, NY., 1978.

Sessle, B.J.(Editor). Orofacial Pain. IASP Press. Washington, DC, 2014.

Chiang, C.Y., Wang, J., Xie, Y. F., Zhang, S., Hu, J. W., Dostrovsky, J. O. & Sessle, B. J. (2007). Astroglial glutamate-glutamine shuttle is involved in central sensitization of nociceptive neurons in rat medullary dorsal horn. J. Neuroscience, 27, 9068-9076.