Current Research on Pain (CROP) 2020

Share your research with the community!                                             The Current Research on Pain is a forum for trainees to present their research and receive feedback from members of the Pain Center. It is attended all trainees and Pain Center faculty. All are welcome to attend. Students are welcome to take this as a one-credit class (MSNBIO 2682). Meetings are every other Thursday at noon in BST 1495. Each semester, one trainee receives a $100 prize for Best Research Presentation. For more information, contact Becky Seal (rpseal@pitt.edu).


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Current Research Schedule Fall 2020

August 25th - Jami Saloman (Saloman Lab)

Neuro-immune interactions: regulating inflammation, pain, and cancer

Sept 8th – Charles Jonassaint

Redesigning the Pain Assessment Conversation: 
How we can leverage human centered design and technology to improve care for pain patients

Sept 22nd - Eileen  Nguyen (Ross Lab)

A descending medullary pathway for pain

Oct 6th -  Nicole Scheff

Oct 20th – Ellyn Dunbar

Nov 3rd - Pranav Prasoon

Nov 17th - Andy Cooper (Taylor Lab)

Dec 1st – Marsha Ritter Jones (Albers Lab)

Previous Research Schedule Spring 2020

Jan 14th - Brad Taylor (Taylor Lab)
Long-term activation of spinal opioid analgesia after inflammation

Jan 28th - Keith Vogt
Memory Modulation by Pain and Anesthetics

Feb 4th - Chris Norris (Taylor Lab)
Endocannabinoid Involvement in Latent Sensitization

Feb 11th - Shari Rogal
Pain Management for Patients with Cirrhosis: Pitfalls and Paradigm Shifts

Feb 18th - Kristen Edwards (Davis Lab)
Extrinsic modulation of enteric circuits in colon health and disease

Mar 3rd - Tayler Sheahan (Ross Lab)
NK1R antagonists for the treatment of chronic itch: Where’s the action?

Mar 10th - Manisha Jlamb
When End Stage Renal Disease Complicates the Management of Pain

Mar 17th - Jorge Pineda (Gold Lab)
Ionic Mechanisms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Mar 24th - PRF Forum

Mar 31st - Jane Hartung (Gold Lab)
CaVeats" between human and rodent voltage gated calcium channels

April 7th - Cynthia Arokiaraj (Seal Lab)
The Cellular and Molecular Architecture of the Macaque Dorsal Horn

April 14th - Charlie Warwick (Ross/Koerber Lab)
Calcium imaging in an ex vivo spinal cord preparation to address important questions in the somatosensory field

April 21st - Ariel Epouhe (Albers Lab)
Investigating Neuro-immune Communication in Colonic Sensory Fibers

April 28th - Heather Allen (Kolber Lab)
CGRP drives central amygdala lateralization in the context of bladder pain

May 5th - Special Webinar: Webinar -  Pain: Communicating without Increasing the Hurt with Alan Alda, Ted Price, Alfonso Romero-Sandoval and co-moderators, Greg Carbonetti, and Laura Lindenfeld. Register here: https://mailchi.mp/ritaallen/meet-the-fellows-nov-3124737?e=dde3786ae7

May 12th - Karen Clark (Gold Lab)
The influence of sex and stress on sympathetic regulation of dural neuroimmune activity

May 19th - Tyler Nelson (Taylor Lab)
Uncovering Spinal Neuropeptide Y Receptor Targets for the Control of Neuropathic Pain

May 26th - David Ferreira (Seal Lab)
Identification of Cholecystokinin-dependent Spinal and Peripheral Circuitry Underlying Persistent Pain and Morphine Analgesia

June 9th -  Eileen Nguyen (Ross Lab)
Cancelled - return to work!!!

June 23rd -  Haichao Chen (Ross Lab)
Spinal-hypothalamus projection neurons

Previous Research Schedule Fall 2019

Sept. 5th - Laura Ellen Ashcraft
Primary Care Provider Perceptions of Evidence-Based Chronic Pain Management

Sept. 19th - Emanuel Loeza-Alcocer (Gold Lab)
Peripherally restricted GABA-A receptor agonists for the treatment of visceral pain

Oct. 3rd - Sarah Najjar (Davis Lab)
The Role of the Colon Epithelium in Visceral Pain

Oct. 17th - Jamie Moy (Gold Lab)
Distribution of functional opioid receptor subtypes in human DRG neurons

Oct. 31st - Andy Cooper (Taylor Lab)
21 days later… the role of the RVM in latent pain sensitization

Nov. 14th - Eileen Nguyen (Ross Lab)
Cellular basis of morphine-induced itch

Dec. 5th - Hailey Bulls ( New faculty)
Navigating Cancer Pain Management During the Opioid Crisis

Previous Current Research Schedule Spring 2019

Jan. 17th - Stephanie Puig (Gutstein Lab)
Peripheral opioid receptors in the development of tolerance

Jan. 24th - Jorge Pineda (Gold Lab)
Ionic mechanisms of trigeminal neuralgia

Feb. 7th - Brian Edwards (Davis Lab)
Sympathetic regulation of colon function

Feb. 21st - David Ferreira (Seal Lab)
Involvement of CCKergic system on mechanical hypersensitivity 

March 7th - Jane Hartung (Gold Lab)
Using GCaMP6 for measuring neuronal activity in the trigeminal ganglion

March 21st -Eileen Nguyen (Ross Lab)
Cell-type specific modulation of RVM neurons in nociceptive behaviors

April 25th -Charles Warwick (Koerber/Ross Lab)
Functional categorization of the spinal dorsal horn

May 23rd - Tayler Sheahan (Ross Lab)
Dissecting the role of NK1R spinal neurons in itch

June 6th - Marsha Ritter Jones (Albers Lab)
Nurturin, MrgprD+ neurons and MD-1

June 13th - Diogo Francisco Santos (Taylor Lab)
NMDAR subunits GluN2A, GluN2B and GluN3 drive latent sensitization and the endogenous analgesic synergism between mu opioid and Y1 receptor

Previous Current Research Schedule Fall 2018

Sept. 6th - Jonathan Cohen (Kaplan lab)
TRPV1 Nociceptors are Sufficient for Cutaneous Type-17 Inflammation

Sept. 20th - Jamie Moy (Gold lab)
Activity-dependent nociceptor sensitization

Oct. 4th - Ghanshyan Sinha (Taylor lab)
Dorsal horn neurophysiology of latent pain sensitization and its inhabition by neuropeptide receptors

Oct. 18th - Kim Meerschaert (Davis lab)
Differentiating the role of vagal and spinal afferents in proximal colon nociception

Nov. 1st - Cheryl Hillery
Novel Mechanisms of Pain in Sickle Cell Disease: Insights from Sickle Mice

Nov. 15th - Yan Xu
Manipulating glycine receptor functions to treat pain

Nov. 29th - Jami Saloman (Davis lab)
Neuroimmunology of pancreatic tumorigenesis

Dec. 13th - Junichi Hachisuka (Koerber/Ross lab)
Spinoparabrachial pathway for cold sensation

Previous Current Research Schedule Spring 2018

Jan. 4th - Michael Chiang (Ross lab) 
Lateral parabrachial nucleus mediates separable aspects of the nociceptive response

Jan. 18th - Jessie Merlin (Medicine)
Chronic Pain in People Living with HIV: State of the Science 

Feb. 15th - Caroline Oppenheimer (Psych)
Associations among social pain, physical pain, and risk for self-injurious behaviors

March 1st - Yehui Zhu (Nursing)
Musculoskeletal Symptoms with Endocrine Therapy for Breast Cancer

March 15th - Lillian Laemmle (Kinchington Lab)
Probing the genetics underlying VZV latency, reactivation, and pain

March 29th - Cynthia Arokiaraj (Seal Lab)
Somatosensory Role of Cholecystokinin in the Non-Human Primate Dorsal Horn

April 12th - Ben Kolber (Duquesne)
Exploration of Exercise Analgesia in Humans

April 26th - Jillian Weeks (Sved Lab)
Modeling nicotine use in chronic pain patients

May 10th - Marsha Ritter-Jones (Albers Lab)
Neurturin, MrgprD-expressing neurons, and immunity

May 24th - Emanuel Loeza (Gold Lab)
Peripheral GABA receptors regulate colonic afferent excitability and visceral nociception

June 7th - Sarah Najjar (Albers Lab)
Epithelial-neuronal signaling in the colon: implications for visceral pain

June 21th - Suzanne Doolan (Taylor/Doolan Lab)
Targeting spinal calcium permeable AMPA receptors in latent central sensitization and chronic pain

Previous Current Research Schedule Fall 2017

Sept. 7th - Stephanie Puig (Gutstein lab)
PDGFR-β signaling mediates Morphine Tolerance in the spinal cord and in the periphery

Sept. 21st - Nam Vo 
Intervertebral disc degeneration and associated low back pain

Oct. 5th - Junichi Hachisuka (Ross lab)
Excitatory interneuron network inducing wind-up

Oct. 12th - Ben Alter 
Modulating pain through learning and expectation

Oct. 26th - Brain Day

Nov 9th - Jane Hartung (Gold lab)
Stress, traumatic brain injury and headache!

Nov 30th - Marta Pecina 
Treatment expectancy modulation of pain and emotion

Dec. 7th - Jorge Pineda (Gold lab) 
Mechanisms underlying the therapeutic efficacy of carbamazepine in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia

Dec. 14th - Kristen Smith-Edwards (Davis lab)  
Mapping functional connections in the enteric nervous system                                                                                                                            

Previous Current Research Schedule Spring 2017

Feb. 2nd - Tara Edwards (Kaplan lab)
Are you picking up what I’m putting down? How peripheral neurons detect signals from Candida albicans

Feb. 16th - David Levinthal
A neural basis for mind-body interactions in health and disease: New insights into an old problem

March 2nd - Sarah Najjar (Albers lab)
Optogenetic Investigation of Epithelial-Neuronal Signaling in the Colon

March 16th - Emanuel Loeza (Gold lab)
Modulation of colonic afferent's excitability by GABA receptors

March 30th - Marsha Ritter Jones
Neurturin in neural-immune communication

April 13th -Nate Glasgow (Urban lab)
Mechanisms of biophysical diversity in olfactory bulb mitral and tufted cells

April 27th - Ben Warner (Kinchington lab)
A growth conditional varicella-zoster virus for study in the rat pain model of postherpetic neuralgia

May 11th - Jami Saloman (Davis lab)
Can NGF sequestration slow pancreatic cancer?

June 8th - Michael Chiang                                                                                                                                                       Neural circuits underlying the affective component of pain.

Previous Current Research Schedule Fall 2016

Sept. 1st - Lindsey Snyder (Ross lab)
Kappa opioid signaling in somatosensation

Sept. 15th - Daniel Shiwarski (Puthenveedu lab)
Surface delivery of delta opioid receptors as a strategy to increase antinociceptive efficacy

Sept. 29th - Dave Whitcomb (Whitcomb lab)
Complexity of Pain in Chronic Pancreatitis

Oct. 13th - Qing Liu (Gold lab)
Opioid induced loss of local anesthetic potency in total knee arthroplasty patients

Oct. 27th - Marissa Kuzirian (Ross lab)
Understanding the elusive function of cortical inhibitory projection neurons

Nov. 10th -Annie Liu (Urban lab)
Effect of early odorant exposure on the structure and output of the mammalian olfactory bulb

Nov. 15th - SfN week

Nov. 22nd - Thanksgiving week

Dec. 1st - Maggie Wright (Koerber lab)
Characterization of MrgD-lineal cutaneous afferents

Dec. 15th - Cedric Peirs (Seal lab)
Circuits and Mechanisms for Mechanical Allodynia

Tyler Nelson wins the Spring 2020 PCPR Prize!!

 

Eileen Nguyen wins the Fall 2019 PCPR Prize!!

(sorry no pics - the prize was given at the Holiday party, and well, it was a party)

Jane Hartung wins Spring 2019 PCPR Prize!!

Brian Edwards wins Fall 2018 PCPR Prize!!

Emanuel Loeza wins Spring 2018 PCPR Prize!!

 

Kristen Smith-Edwards wins Fall 2017 PCPR Prize!!

Sarah Najjar wins Spring 2017 PCPR Prize!!

Cedric Peirs wins Fall 2016 PCPR Prize!!