PCPR Coffee Mugs – Only $5

Purchase your very own PCPR Coffee Mug designed by PCPR’s Kelly Smith, winner of the Design Our Mug Competition!  All mugs are priced at $5 each and can be purchased from Sarah Ross in room W1456 BST.

Images of Kelly and the coffee mug can be seen below.

Congrats Kristen Smith-Edwards!!!

Kristin Smith-Edwards (postdoc in Davis lab) received a research grant from the REACH Foundation for her proposed study on Hirschsprung’s disease

REACH funds only one grant per year. 

Kristen’s study will examine alterations in activity of the enteric nervous system in a mouse model of Hirschsprung’s disease.


Do you dabble in graphic design or have a great vision for our coffee mugs?!

The PCPR team is now accepting visual drafts for our “Design Our Mug” competition and is rewarding the winner with a $50 cash prize!!!

Each competitor may send unlimited attempts of either 2 [front and back] or just 1 [front] visual logo to saross@pitt.edu to be evaluated and judged for a single winner during our Current Research On Pain (CROP) seminar that will be held on June 21st, 2018.


Two Examples (front and back: designed by Thomas Smith) Can Be Seen Below:

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 Koster (University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University)

– “walking”

Christina Mair and Bridget Freisthler (University of Pittsburgh and Ohio State University)

– “SADPain”

Maria Pacella (University of Pittsburgh and COPE)

– “Coaching Pain and PTSD Elimination”

Votes have been tallied

Sarah Najjar (Albers lab) and Rick Koerber tie to win website image competition. Lindsey Snyder (Ross lab) trails by one vote and nabs third. Congratulations to all and check out the beautiful new images!