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Past Meetings and Workshops


Conferences and Workshops

CANCELED -- All in the Mind? The Role of Psychology in the Treatment and Etiology of Pain

Date: January 09, 2020

Speaker Name and Degrees: Tim Salomons, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Canada

Alcohol and Drug Addiction: The Gain in the Brain is in the Pain

Date: December 19, 2019

Speaker Name and Degrees: George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, NIAAA

Opioids and Cannabinoids in Pain: What We Don’t Know About Presynaptic GPCRs Is Hurting Us

Date: October 10, 2019

Speaker Name and Degrees: Susan Ingram, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Opioid-induced plasticity and the interaction with pain

Date: June 06, 2019

Jose Moron-Concepcion, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Depts of Anesthesiology & Neuroscience
Washington University Pain Center 
Washington University School of Medicine

Dissecting spinal pain circuits for the development of novel viral gene therapies

Date: April 18, 2019

Rebecca P. Seal, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Departments of Neurobiology and Otolaryngology
Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dissecting the Neural Circuits for Motivated Behaviors

Date: March 28, 2019

Garret Stuber, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Department of Pharmacology
Center for Neurobiology of Addiction, Pain, and Emotion
University of Washington

CANCELED: Opioid-induced plasticity and the interaction with pain

Date: February 07, 2019

Jose Moron-Concepcion, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Depts of Anesthesiology & Neuroscience
Washington University Pain Center 
Washington University School of Medicine

General Anesthesia, Sleep, and Pain

Date: January 10, 2019

Fan Wang, Ph.D., Professor Duke University School of Medicine
Department of Neurobiology
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Connectomics of chronic pain and for placebo in chronic pain

Date: December 13, 2018

A. Vania  Apkarian, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology, Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Physiology

Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation

Date: November 13, 2018

Jeff Mogil, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology and Anesthesia McGill University

Applying Psychological Science for Pain Relief and Opioid Reduction Across the Continuum of Care

Date: October 11, 2018

Beth Darnell, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (by courtesy)

Agmatine-based therapeutic approaches reduce established chronic pain

Date: June 14, 2018

Will present the seminar “Agmatine-based therapeutic approaches reduce established chronic pain”.

Carolyn Fairbanks, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Head, Pharmaceutics
Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience
College of Pharmacy and Medical School
University of Minnesota

Imaging neuroimmune activation in human pain disorders

Date: May 10, 2018

Marco Loggia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Associate Director, Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging (CiPNI)
Faculty, A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
​​​​​​​Massachusetts General Hospital

Endogenous opioid systems, health and resiliency

Date: March 08, 2018

Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D.
William H. and Edna Stimson Presidential Endowed Chair
Professor and Chair,
Department of Psychiatry
University Neuropsychiatric Institute
University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Cortical plasticity as a key target for treating chronic pain and anxiety

Date: February 08, 2018

Min Zhuo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto 

Sex and Pain: What's the Story?

Date: December 07, 2017

Panel Discussion​​​​​​​

Dr. Roger Fillingim, University of Florida, “Women in Pain: Morbidity and Mortality”

Dr. Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, University of Buffalo, “Do Sex Differences in Pain Differ Across Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Groups?”

Dr. Ann Berger, NIH, “Psychosocial Aspects of Pain and Healing in Palliative Care”

Dr. Siobán D. Harlow, University of Michigan, Pain at Midlife: Evidence from the Multiethnic Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN)”

Dr. Marjorie R. Jenkins, FDA, “Opioid Epidemic: Sex and Gender Influences”

Learning Objectives

Explore and better understand the linkage between biologic mechanisms underlying pain.

Understand clinically relevant pain pathways in both sexes and utilize sex-specific evidence to direct pain management in women and men.

Discuss the current opioid epidemic, including mechanisms of sex differences and relevant gender factors.

Please find the attached flyer with the program.


To register, please use the following link:

To watch the seminar online, visit Registration is required to receive continuing education credits. Sign language interpreters can be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Elizabeth Sekine,, 301-594-9007.

Neuronal circuitry for pain and itch processing in the spinal dorsal horn

Date: November 09, 2017

Andrew Todd, Ph.D.
Profesesor, Spinal Cord Group
Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
University of Glasgow

Circuit and function of mammalian pain- and touch-sensing neuron

Date: October 12, 2017

Wenqin Luo, M.D, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Neuroscience
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Using C. Elegans to Study the Effects of Bioactive Lipids in Sensory Ion Channels

Date: May 11, 2017

Speaker Name and Degrees: Valeria Vásquez , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Understanding Pain in the Brain: Top-Down Versus Bottom Up

Date: April 13, 2017

Speaker Name and Degrees: Ben Seymour , Ph.D.

Wellcome Intermediate Fellow
Computational and Biological Learning Lab, Cambridge University
Principal Investigator
Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), Osaka, Japan

Cerebral Mechanisms of Pain Avoidance Learning

Date: March 09, 2017

Speaker Name and Degrees: Mathieu Roy , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
McGill University

Chronic Pain Control by Neuroinflammation and Alternative Medicine Approaches

Date: February 09, 2017

Speaker Name and Degrees: Ru-Rong Ji , Ph.D.

Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurobiology
Chief of Pain Research
Duke University Medical Center

Challenges to Translational Pain Research

Date: January 12, 2017

Speaker Name and Degrees: Miroslav “Misha” Backonja, MD.

Senior Medical Director, Worldwide Clinical Trials, Seattle, WA
Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Pain in the Brain As Studied By Recordings from the Human Brain During Awake Surgeries

Date: November 10, 2016

Speaker Name and Degrees: Frederick Lenz , M.D., Ph.D., FRCS(C)

A Earl Walker Professor, Director of Functional Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Neuroscience and BME
The John Hopkins University School of Medicine

CANCELLED: Cortical Enhancement of Pain and Anxiety-Canceled

Date: October 13, 2016

Speaker Name and Degrees: Min Zhuo , Ph.D.

Professor Neuroscience
Department of Physiology
University of Toronto

A Motivation-Decision Model

Date: June 14, 2016

Dissecting GPCR signaling and neural circuits in stress behaviors

Date: May 03, 2016

Speaker Name and Degrees: Dr. Michael Bruchas

Associate Professor
Departments of Anesthesiology
Washington University

Modeling nociception in zebrafish, from development to function.

Date: April 05, 2016

Speaker Name and Degrees: Dr. Ajay Dhaka

Assistant Professor,
Department of Biological Structure
University of Washington

Making Novel Pain Drugs by Selectively Targeting Nav1.7 Channels with Compounds That Bind Directly To the S4 Voltage-Sensor

Date: February 02, 2016

Speaker Name and Degrees: David Hackos

Dept. of Neuroscience
Genentech, Inc.

How Does The Brain Represent Pain? Insight from the New Concepts of a Dynamic Pain Connectome and the Pain Switch

Date: January 05, 2016

Speaker Name and Degrees: Dr. Karen Davis

Professor, Department of Surgery and Institute of Medical Science
University of Toronto

Head, Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour-Systems Neuroscience
Toronto Western Research Institute
Toronto Western Hospital

Mapping the Spinal Circuits That Process Noxious and Innocuous Stimuli

Date: December 01, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Dr. Martyn Goulding

Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
Salk Institute (San Diego)

Optogenetics, Eletrophysiology, and Behavior: A Combined Approach to Study the Neural Circuits of Pain and Itch

Date: November 03, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Ross

Assistant Professor,
Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh

Dynamic Regulation of Spatial Aspects of Pain

Date: October 07, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Dr. Robert Coghill

Director of Research & Senior Scientist
Department of Anesthesiology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Towards fMRI-Based Biomarkers for Pain and Emotion

Date: June 02, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Tor D. Wager , Ph.D.

Director, Cognitive and Affective Control Laboratory
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
and The Institute for Cognitive Science
University of Colorado, Boulder

The Changing Landscape of Brainstem Modulation of Chronic Pain: What Goes Up Must Come Down

Date: May 05, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Donna Hammond, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Anesthesia and Pharmacology
University of Iowa

Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Pain Control by Opioids

Date: April 07, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Grégory Scherrer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology,
Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford Neurosciences Institute,
Stanford University School of Medicine

Novel Retinohypothalamic Pathways Mediating Sensory, Emotional and Autonomic Responses to Light During Migraine

Date: March 03, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Rami Burstein, Ph.D.

John Hedley-Whyte Professor of
Anaesthesia and Neuroscience,
Harvard Medical School

Optogenetic Interrogation of Rodent Somatosensory Pathways In Vivo

Date: February 03, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Philippe Séguéla, Ph.D.

Professor, Montreal Neurological Institute
Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
Dept. of Neurology & Neurosurgery
McGill University

Neural Programs of Regulation, Protection and Repair

Date: January 06, 2015

Speaker Name and Degrees: Richard H. Gracely, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of Clinical Research
Center for Pain Research and Innovation
University of North Carolina

How the Brain Controls Pain

Date: December 02, 2014

Speaker Name and Degrees: Mary Heinricher, Ph.D.

Departments of Neurological Surgery and Behavioral Neuroscience,
Oregon Health & Science University

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Nociception and Touch

Date: November 04, 2014

Speaker Name and Degrees: Daniel Tracey, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology,
Cell Biology and Neurobiology
Duke University Medical Center

The Molecular and Cellular Basis for Cold Perception

Date: September 30, 2014

Speaker Name and Degrees: David McKemy, PhD

Associate Professor and Head of the Section of Neurobiology
University of Southern California

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