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Hugo A. Tejeda, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Baltimore, MD

The Dark Side of Reward Neurons: Stress Modulation of Nucleus Accumbens Information Processing

Isaac Chiu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
Harvard University

Bacterial Interactions with the Nervous System in Pain and Host Defense

David A. Seminowicz, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Neural and Pain Sciences
University of Maryland

WUPC Seminar

Daniel Talmor, MD, MPH

Chief, Dept of Anesthesia, Pain Medicine and Critical Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Anesthesiology
Harvard Medical School

Pulmonary Physiology at the Bedside

Ansgar Brambrink, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Anesthetic Neurotoxicity: Evidence From Non-Human Primates

Brigitte Kieffer, PhD

Scientific Director at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
McGill University

Opioid Receptors and Brain Function

Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MS

Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor
Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care
UCSF School of Medicine

Thinking about cognition: Research challenges and opportunities

Mark Thomas, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Minnesota


Joseph F. Cheer, PhD

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Endogenous Cannabinoids and the Pursuit of Reward

Oluwaseun Johnson-Akeju, MD, MMSc

Assistant Professor
Massachusetts General Hospital

General Anesthesia, Sedation and the Concept of Biomimetic Sleep

Melissa A. Farmer, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Nociceptors to Neural Networks: Mechanisms of Chronic Pelvic Pain

Burel Goodin, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
University of Alabama Birmingham

Biopsychosocial Determinants of Pain Disparities in Disadvantaged Subgroups

Meaghan Creed, HBSc, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Optogenetically-Inspired Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Addiction

Alexxai V. Kravitz, PhD

Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Resolving Basal Ganglia Circuits to Understand Obesity

S. Kendall Smith, MD, PhD

Critical Care Medicine Fellow
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University

Exercise Metabolomics in a High Risk Patient Population - Implications for Perioperative and Critical Care Medicine

Vivianne L. Tawfik, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Director, Fellowship in Anesthesia Research & Medicine (FARM) Program
Stanford University

Microglial Modulation as a Target for Chronic Pain

Wayland Cheng, MD, PhD

Instructor in Anesthesiology
Washington University School of Medicine

Lipid and Anesthetic Modulation of Pentameric Ligand-Gated Ion Channels

Rebecca A. Aslakson

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center

Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Surgical Populations: From 1978-2018 and Beyond

Isaac Chiu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
Harvard Medical School

Bacterial Interactions with the Nervous System in Pain and Host Defense

Fan Wang, PhD

Department of Neurobiology
Duke University Medical Center

General Anesthesia, Sleep and Pain