Welcome to Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research!

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

Available PCPR Job Positions:

The Kolber Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and Chronic Pain Research Consortium at Duquesne University is soliciting applications for a full-time postdoctoral associate with training in electrophysiology (extracellular recording or related), behavior, optogenetics, and physiology.  Send CV to Ben Kolber via kolberb@duq.edu.

For More Information Regarding This Position: Click Here

Looking for more jobs? Check out our job opening page for more opportunities and details!


Congratulations Sarah Najjar!

Feb 11, 2020, Sarah Najjar received a travel award from The American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) to attend the Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility meeting to be held April, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.

Congratulations Sarah Najjar!

February 4, 2020, Sarah Najjar’s review in Trends in Neuroscience  was chosen as an Editors Pick in the Pain Research Forum! (Epithelial-Neuronal Communication in the Colon: Implications for Visceral Pain. 2020 Jan 23. pii: S0166-2236(20)30001-1. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2019.12.007

Congratulations Lindsay Snyder (PCPR Alum) and The Sarah Ross Lab!

December 19, 2019 Congratulations Lindsay Snyder and the Sarah Ross Lab for having their 2018  neuron paper,  “Kappa Opioid Receptor Distribution and Function in Primary Afferents”,  voted one of the top 10 best papers of the decade by the Pain Research Forum! For more information, click the link below: https://www.painresearchforum.org/news/blog/130310-let-countdown-begin-top-10-prf-news-stories-and-papers-year—and-decade


What to look forward to:

There are no upcoming events at this time.



Kathy Albers
Epithelial-neuronal communication
Brian Davis
Visceral Pain

Michael Gold
Peripheral mechanisms of pain

Rick Koerber
Somatosensory information processing following injury
Benedict Kolber

Brain interaction of pain and stress

Sarah Ross
Neural circuits of itch and pain

Rebecca Seal
Neural circuits underlying touch and pain
Brad Taylor
Neurobiology and Pharmacology of Chronic Pain
Jami Saloman

Neurobiology of cancer and pain