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Moving molecules from model systems to medicine in pain research

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Concurrent Symposia Session II

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Classroom 3


  • Alexander Chesler, NCCAM
  • Yarimar Carrasquillo, NCCAM


This symposium will showcase three researchers from different institutes and centers that each conduct pioneering research in the field of pain. Together, the presentations highlight the intramural community’s efforts to link basic, clinical and translational research in pain medicine. Moreover, this symposium reflects the multifaceted approach taken at the NIH to study pain that encompasses molecular, cellular, genetic, and behavioral studies. Some of the research to be presented was conducted on model organisms in the lab while other studies were done with patients and healthy volunteers in the clinic.  Together the talks highlight that pain is a complex disorder of the nervous system requiring contributions from neuroscientists with diverse backgrounds and training.

A reversible model of peripheral neuropathy reveals anxiety-and depressive-like behaviors and impaired hippocampal neurogenesis that persist after pain resolution
Ted Usdin, NIMH

TRPV1 transcriptomics and therapeutics
Michael Iadarola, CC

Direct activation of central motor command neurons by electric field pulses drives rapid escape responses; FARE award winner
Kathryn Tabor, NICHD

Pain Research at NIH: NCCAM’s Role
Catherine Bushnell, NCCAM

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