Welcome to Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research!

Our goal is to further the understand of sensory processes through scientific interaction and collaboration.

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Pain Research Challenge Award Winners!

Congrats to Sarah Ross (University of Pittsburgh), Ben Kolber (Duquesne University), Edita Navratilova¬†(University of Arizona), Frank Porreca (University of Arizona), and Volker Neugebauer (Texas Tech University) on winning the Pain Research Challenge Award for their video submission: “Kappa Antagonists to Treat Pain”! Other Teams who Received Pain Research Challenge Awards:   Eric Helm and Matt …


What to look forward to:

  • Mary Heinricher

    Seminar Series: How the Brain Controls Pain

    November 8
  • David Hughes

    Seminar Series: Gating innocuous tactile input to pain circuits

    November 9
  • Charles Chavkin

    Seminar Series: Molecular Mechanisms of Addiction Risk

    December 13
  • Alexander Chesler

    Seminar Series: Cells and Molecules for Touch and Pain

    February 21, 2018
  • David Clark

    Seminar Series: Autoimmunity and Persistent Pain

    March 14, 2018



Kathy Albers
Epithelial-neuronal communication
Brian Davis
Visceral Pain

Michael Gold
Peripheral mechanisms of pain

Howard Gutstein
Opioids and pain

Rick Koerber
Somatosensory information processing following injury
Sarah Ross
Neural circuits of itch and pain

Rebecca Seal
Neural circuits underlying touch and pain