Pain Research Seminars

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Monthly Seminars

Participants include faculty, fellows, and students of Duke Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Neurology, Cell Biology, Psychiatry, Medicine, and Bioengineering.

November 18, 2021
"Neural-Glial Interactions in Substance Use Disorders"
Staci Bilbo, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

October 14, 2021
"Itch and Pain Signaling Mechanisms"
Hongzhen Hu, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Center for the Study of Itch & Sensory Disorders
Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis

July 8, 2021
"Leveraging Functional Selectivity in the Search for Addiction Therapeutics"
Lauren M. Slosky, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, Duke University

May 20, 2021
"Diabetic Neuropathy: One Disease or Two?"
Eva L. Feldman, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

April 15, 2021
“Fibromyalgia: What Science Can Contribute to a Controversial Disorder”
Claudia Sommer, PhD
University Wurzburg

March 18, 2021
“Sympathetic Modulation of Oral Cancer Pain and Progression”
Nicole N. Scheff, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

February 18, 2021
“Chronic Itch: Cellular and Molecular Insight”

Santosh Mishra, M. Tech, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
North Carolina State University

January  21, 2021
“Modeling Pain in Humans and Mice”

Clifford Woolf, MB, BCh, PhD
Director, F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center
Professor of Neurobiology and Neurology
Harvard Medical School

December 10, 2020
“Diverse Mechanisms Underlying Opioid Analgesia”
YanGang Sun, PhD
Principal Investigator
Institute of Neuroscience Chinese Academy of Science
Shanghai, China

November 12, 2020
“Neural Circuit Plasticity in Chronic Pain and Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction”
Guang Yang, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Columbia University

July 22, 2020
“Neuronal Interactions with Microbes and Immune Cells in Pain and Host-Defense”
Isaac Chiu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Immunology
Harvard Medical School

December 13, 2019
“Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapy”
Su-Chun Zhang, MD, PhD
Professor & Director Neuroscience & Behavioral Disorders
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

November 21, 2019
“The Role of the ER Stress Sensor IREa-XBP1 in Pain”
Edgar Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest School of Medicine

November 12, 2019
“Roles of Lysophosphatidic Acid (LPA) Receptor Signaling in the Development and Maintenance of Neuropathic Pain & Fibromyalgia”
Hiroshi Ueda, PhD
Department of Molecular Pharmacology
Kyoto University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

October 30, 2019
“Investigating the Role of Nicotine Acetylcholine Receptors in Neuropathic Pain”
M. Imad Damaj, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University

September 18, 2019
“Chronic Postoperative Pain: Prevalence, Mechanisms and More”
David J. Clark, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System

May 2, 2019
“Drug Development for Migraine”
Cen Xu, PhD
Scientific Director
Department of Neuroscience AMGEN, Inc.

December 13, 2018
“Management of Chronic Pain and Opioid Tolerance by Bone Marrow Stem Cells”
Jianguo Chen, MD, PhD

Professor of Anesthesiology
Director of Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
President of American Academy of Pain Medicine

November 15, 2018
“Brainstem Mechanisms and Descending Modulatory Circuits of Pain”
Mary Heinricher

Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Neurosurgery
Associate Dean for Basic Research, School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

October 18, 2018
“Neuromodulation of Pain”
Guan Yun

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
John Hopkins University School of Medicine

August 16, 2018
“Mechanism of Activation of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Headache”
Michael Oshinsky

Program Director, NINDS

July 26, 2018
“Drug Development for Neuroinflammation and Pain”
Tarek Samad

Head, MS and Neuroinflammation Research
Sanofi R&D

April 19, 2018
“Sympathetic Control of Neuropathic Pain”
Jun-Ming Zhang, MD, MSc
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Cincinnati

March 15, 2018
“Translational Regulation of Nociceptors and Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain”
Theodore J. Price, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Texas
Program Head, Neuroscience BS
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

February 15, 2018
“Structures of TRP Ion Channels and Their Implication for Pain”
Seok-Yong Lee, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Duke University

January 24, 2018
“Neural Substrates of Pain Unpleasantness and its Modulation by Opioids”
Gregory Scherrer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Stanford University
New York Stem Cell Foundation – Robertson Investigator

December 7, 2017
“Resolvins & Novel Pro-Resolving Mediators in Infectious Inflammation & Tissue Regeneration”
Charles Nicholas Serhan, PhD, DSc
Simon Gelman Professor of Anaesthesia
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

November 16, 2017
“A Neuronal Circuit That Responds to Threats and Controls Appetite”
Richard D. Palmiter, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry and Genome Science
University of Washington School of Medicine
Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute

October 12, 2017
“The Neural Circuits of Pain”
Sarah E. Ross, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research, University of Pittsburgh

September 14, 2017
“Chronic Pain after Trauma: Innate and Adaptive Immunity”
David Clark, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Vice-Chair for Research in Department of Anesthesiology
Stanford University

August 24, 2017
“Cortico-Limbic Pain Mechanisms”
Vivianne L. Tawfik, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

July 20, 2017
“G Protein-Coupled Receptors: Dynamic Machines for Signaling Pain, Itch and Neurogenic Inflammation”
Nigel W. Bunnett, PhD
Carrus Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

June 21-23, 2017
Translational Pain Research Symposium

Duke Kunshan University
Kunshan, China

June 8, 2017
“Cortico-Limbic Pain Mechanisms”
Volker Neugebauer, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Texas Tech University, School of Medicine

May 18, 2017
“Mechanisms of Pain and Itch”
Xinzhong Dong, PhD
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
John Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

April 20, 2017
“Inflammation and Ectopic Spontaneous Activity: New Findings in Studies on Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Humans & Animals”
Patrick Dougherty, PhD
H.E.B. Professor in Cancer Research,
Associate Division Head for Research, Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

March 29, 2017
“Remote Control of Animal Behavior Via Genetically Encoded Actuators”
Ali D. Güler, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Virginia

March 16, 2017
“A Multiple-Systems Approach to Understanding Pain”
Tor Wager, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado

February 16, 2017
Andrew H. Ahn

Eli Lilly and Company

January 19, 2017
“Using Primate Models to Advance Development of Analgesics and Antipruritics”
Mei-Chuan Ko, PhD
Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
Wake Forest University, School of Medicine

September 21, 2016
“Sleep Deprivation and Pain”
Alban Latremoliere, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

September 14, 2016
“Pain and Touch Circuit”
Wenqin Luo

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania

September 7, 2016
“Molecular Mechanisms and Drug Discovery in Sensory Neurobiology”
Ajay Yekkirala

Postdoctoral Fellow
Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Boston

August 31, 2016
“Roles of Inflammasome in Immunity, Inflammation, and Associated Diseases”
Jenny Ting

Distinguished Professor of University of North Carolina
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Co-Director, Inflammatory Disease Institute

August 17, 2016
“Human Pain Genetics and Translational Clock”

Luda Diatchenko, MD, PhD
Professor of Montreal University
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics
Allan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain

May 25, 2016
“Sensory Cortex and Pain”
Oleg V. Favorov, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Department of Bıomedıcal Engineering
University of North Carolina

May 24, 2016 (Neurobiology Seminar)
“Natural Products as Probes of the Pain Pathway: From Physiology to Atomic Structure”
David Julius, PhD

UCSF, N Professor & Chair of Physiology
Morris Herzstein Chair in Molecular Biology and Medicine

May 18, 2016
“Elucidating an Affective Pain Circuit that Creates a Threat Memory”
Richard D Palmiter

University of Washington
Department of Biochemistry
Investigator, HHMI; Note this seminar will be held at Bryan 301

April 27, 2016
“Cortico-Striatal Regulation of Conflicting Behavioral Drives (Pain vs. Food)”
Neil Schwartz

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Neurology

April 20, 2016
“A Novel Molecular Switch Regulating Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain”
Annemieke Kavelaars

Department of Symptom Research
Division of Internal Medicine
The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center

April 13, 2016
“Structural Studies of Opioid Receptors”
Nikolay, V. Dokholyan

Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor, UNC
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

March 23, 2016
“Sex Differences in the Cellular and Genetic Mediation of Pain and Analgesia”
Jeffrey Mogil

Department of Psychology
Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
McGill University

February 3, 2016
“Signal Transduction and Second Messenger Signaling in Pain Sensory Neurons”
Jon Levine


December 16, 2015
“Immune and Glial Modulation of Chronic Pain”
Linda Watkins, PhD
Professor of Department of Psychology and Neurobiology
Director of Neuroscience Program
University of Colorado

December 2, 2015
“Epigenetic Mechanisms of Neuropathic Pain”
Yuanxing Tao, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Anesthesiology
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey

November 11, 2015
“From Receptors to Pain: The Molecular Dynamics of Pain”
Michael Salter, MD, PhD
Professor of University of Toronto
Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute

October 7, 2015
“How to Publish Papers in High Impact Journals”
Brett Benedetti, PhD
Associate Editor, Nature Medicine

August 19, 2015
“Translational Pain Research: Targeting Central Sensitization”
Robert W. Gereau IV, PhD
Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor
Director of Washington University Pain Center
Department of Anesthesiology
Washington University School of Medicine

June 9, 2015
First Duke Pain Symposium
“Translational Pain Research: Bridging the Gap Between Basic Research & Clinical Applications”
Searle Conference Center
Duke University

  • Rohini Kuner, Professor, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Thomas Kuner, Professor, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Jürgen Sandkühler, MD, PhD, Professor and Director for the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna
  • Francis Keefe, PhD, Professor of Duke Psychiatry
  • William Maxiner, Professor of UNC
  • James Eisenach, Professor of Wake Forest University
  • Thomas Buchheit, Director of Duke Pain Management
  • Tim Collins, Director of Duke Trigeminal Pain Clinic
  • Mark Zylka, Associate Professor, UNC
  • Neil Castle, Pfizer
  • Wolfgang Liedtke, Duke Neurology

May 20, 2015
“Mechanisms That Drive Skeletal Pain Throughout the Seasons of Life”
Patrick Mantyh, PhD, JD

Department of Pharmacology
University of Arizona

March 18, 2015
“Etiology and Genetics of Low Back Pain”
Michele Crites-Battie, PhD
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta

January 21, 2015
“Intervertebral Disc Herniation and Low Back Pain”
Lori A. Setton, PhD

William Bevan Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University

December 10, 2014 (Wednesday)
“Channeling Touch and Pain Transduction; Mechanisms that Detect and Protect”
Cheryl L Stucky
Department of Cell Biology
Medical College of Wisconsin

October 8, 2014 (Wednesday)
“Neurogenic Inflammation and Pancreatitis”
Rodger Liddle, MD
Professor of Medicine
Duke University

September 18, 2014
“Control of Spinal Cord Synaptic Transmission by Microglia and Chloride Transporter in Neuropathic Pain”
Yves De Koninck, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience
Laval University
Director, Quebec Pain Research Network
Past-President, Canadian Association for Neuroscience

August 13, 2014
“Long-Term Consequences of Neonatal Tissue Damage for Synaptic Signaling in Adult Spinal Nociceptive Circuits”
Mark Baccei, PhD
Associate Professor
Pain Research Center, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Cincinnati Medical Center

July 16, 2014
“Control of Sensory Neuronal Function by TRP Channels: Role in Chemosensation, Injury and Inflammation”
Sven Eric Jordt, PhD
Associate Professor
Duke Anesthesiology

May 15, 2014
“COMT Modulation of Pain Sensitivity: A Bench to Bedside Story”
Andrea Nackley, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Neurosensory Disorders, UNC

April 17, 2014
“Interactions Between Pain and Itch Circuitry in the Spinal Cord”
Qiufu Ma
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

March 13, 2014
“The Role of Nociceptor Neurons in Bacterial Host Defense and Inflammation”
Isaac Chiu
Instructor, Neuroscience Center
Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital

February 20, 2014
“Unconventional Role of Extracelluar miRNAs in Pain Regulation”
Chul-Kyu Park and Temugin Berta
Ru-Rong Ji’s Lab

January 16, 2014
“Inhibitory Modulation of Spinal Cord Pain Circuitry and Peripheral Nociceptors”
Seog-Bae Oh
Professor of the Department of Cognitive Sciences
Seoul National University

December 12, 2013
“Expression, Neurobiology and Treatment of Pain-Related Depression”
Stevens Negus
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University

November 7, 2013
“The Nightlife of Astrocytes”
Maiken Nedergaard, MD, PhD
Professor and Director
Center for Translational Neuromedicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

October 17, 2013
Jorg Grandl

September 12, 2013
“Nerve Injury, Amputation, and Epigenetics”
Thomas Buchheit, MD
Director of Pain Medicine
Duke Anesthesiology

July 18, 2013
“Molecular Mechanisms of Gabapentin and Astrocytes in Synaptogenesis and Pain Control”
Cagla Eroglu
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Neurobiology

June 20, 2013
“Unraveling Complex Persistent Pain Conditions with Genetic and Phenotypic Biomarkers”
Williams Maixner, DDS
Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina Dental School
Director, Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders

May 16, 2013
“Network Mechanisms of Pain Suppression by Spinal Cord Stimulation”
Tianhe Zhang and Warren Grill
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology

April 18, 2013
“Modulating Chloride Gradients to Reverse Maladaptive Plasticity of Neuropathic Pain”
Michele Yeo and Wolfgang Liedtke

March 21, 2013
“Protect Chronic Pain by Pro-Resolution Lipid Mediators”
“Pain Control by Peripheral NMDA Receptors”
Chul-Kyu Park and Ru-Rong Ji

February 21, 2013
“Cellular Mechanisms of Pain and Itch”
Mark Zylka
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina

January 17, 2013
“Coping with Persistent Pain: Current State of the Science”
Francis Keefe
Duke Psychiatry
Chief Editor of Pain Journal

December 13, 2012
“TRP Channels and Mechanical Receptors”
Jorg Grandl
Assistant Professor
Duke Neurobiology

November 29, 2012
“TRPV4 and Trigeminal Pain”
Wolfgang Liedtke
Associate Professor
Duke Neurology and Neurobiology

October 4, 2012
“Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain Management”
Billy Hugh
Duke Anesthesiology
Director of Pain Clinic

Sept 20, 2012
“Biomarkers for Phantom Pain”
Thomas Van De Van, MD
Assistant Professor
Duke Anesthesiology

July 12, 2012
“Neural Circuit of Trigeminal Pain System”
Fan Wang
Associate Professor
Duke Cell Biology

June 7, 2012
“Nociception in Drosophila”
Dan Tracey, PhD
Associate Professor
Duke Anesthesiology

May 12, 2012
“Neuronal and Glial Mechanisms of Chronic Pain”
Ru-Rong Ji, PhD
Duke Anesthesiology