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Paul Brookes

Associate Professor

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Using the Brain to Protect the Heart

Seog Bae OH, DDS, PhD

National Research Lab for Pain

Seoul National University School of Dentistry

Department of Neurobiology and Physiology



TRPV1: A Critical Gateway for the Pain Mechanism and Pain Therapeutics

Gregory Dussor, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
University of Arizona College of Medicine


Meningeal pH and the pathophysiology of headache

Marina Picciotto


Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Yale University


Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors: the neurobiology underlying behaviors that drive smoking

Michel Bouvier Ph.D., F.C.A.H.S.

University of Montreal

Shining new light on the functional selectivity of GPCR signaling using bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET)

Lorin Milescu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Missouri-Columbia

Neuronal Excitability Explored with Real-Time Computation

Hongzhen Hu, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology

Neurobiological Basis of Retinoid Signaling in Nociceptors

Daniel McGehee, PhD

Associate Professor
Committee on Neurobiology
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
University of Chicago

Nicotinic Receptor Modulation of Ascending and Descending Pain Control Pathways

Keith Nehrke, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Nephrology
University of Rochester

Novel Neuroprotective Carbonic Anhydrases

Durga P. Mohapatra M.Sc., Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Anesthesia
University of Iowa

Tumor-Nerve Cross Talk in Chronic Pain Associated with Bone Metastasized Breast/Prostate Cancers: From Animal Models to Molecular Mechanisms

Christopher Ford, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Case Western Reserve University

Mechanisms Underlying Dopamine Synaptic Transmission

Donald Hilgemann, Ph. D.

Department of Physiology, Internal Medicine
University Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Massive Endocytosis Driven by Palmitoylation Under Mitochondrial Control: The Descent of the Plasmalemma into Autophagy

Warren Sandberg, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesiology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Adventures in Pre-Operative Patient Education Research

Wenqin Luo, M.D. Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine

Functional Organization and Development of Mammalian Mechanoreceptors and Nociceptors

Misha Backonja, MD

Medical Director- Neuroscience
Lifetree Clinical Reseach LC

Translational Pain Research: Where Are We Now and Where We Could Go?

Roland Bainton, MD, PhD

UCSF School of Medicine
Associate Professor in Residence
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

Discovery and Interrogation of Evolutionarily Conserved Blood Brain Barrier Chemical Protection Pathways

Tasuku Akiyama, PhD

University of California, Davis
Assistant Project Scientist
Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Spinal Processing of Itch

Simon Haroutounian, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Aarhus University Hospital
Danish Pain Research Center

Unraveling Mechanisms for Developing Individualized Treatment Approaches

Steve Davidson, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Anesthesiology
Washington University, School of Medicine

The Multiple Pathways for Itch and Their Interactions with Pain

John Wood, PhD

Professor of Molecular Neurobiology and Head of the Molecular Nociception Group
University College London

Peripheral Pain Mechanisms

Joseph Takahashi, PhD

Professor and Chairman
Loyd B. Sands Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience
Department of Neuroscience

Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals

Cynthia Wong, MD

Professor & Vice Chair of Anesthesiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Neuraxial Labor Analgesia and the Progress of Labor

Zhao-Wen Wang, PhD

Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program
Faculty in Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Genetics & Developmental Biology

The Secret of Graded Synaptic Transmission in C. Elegans

Diana Bautista, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley

Itchy Mice and Star-Nosed Moles: New Approaches to Study Itch, Touch and Pain

Thomas Kash, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Dissecting the Role of Neuromodulation in Emotional Behavior

Christopher Ahern, PhD

The University Of Iowa
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Using an Expanded Genetic Code to Study Ion Channels

Rona Giffard, MD, PhD

Professor, Anesthesia
Stanford University School of Medicine

MicroRNA's and Cerebral Ischemia