Seminars and Symposia

Pain Interest Group Seminars 


  • March 15, 2016. Andreas Sebastia Beutler, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology and Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. “Novel Analgesics for Image Guided Spinal Delivery: Resiniferatoxin and AAV Gene Vectors.”


  • February 20, 2014. Elena Maria Vazey, PhD, Laboratory for Neuromodulation & Behavior, Dept. of Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina. "The role of the locus coeruleus norepinephrine system in general anesthetic state transitions."​


  • May 17, 2013, Dr. Robert Takashi Sudo, Visiting Full Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , “Antinociceptive effect of new zolpidem analogues, LASSBio-873 and LASSBio-981, in animal models of acute and chronic pain”


  • December 3, 2012-Dr. Donald Simone, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Chair, Dept. of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, “Descending Facilitation of Pain: Modulation by Substance P and NK-1 Receptors”
  • January 10, 2012 - Dr. Larry Young, Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. "Oxytocin, Vasopressin and the Neurobiology of Social Bonding: Implications for Autism".
  • December 6, 2011 - Dr. Volker Neugebauer, Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. "Maladaptive Brain Plasticity in Pain: Amygdala and Prefrontal Cortex".

2009– 2010

  • March 9, 2010-Jessica Spradley. Graduate student, Dept. of Psychology, University of Georgia, "The Effects of Central and Peripheral Endocannabinoid Modulation on Pain."
  • March 1, 2010-Dr. Edward Boyden, Assistant Professor of Biodemical Engineering, MIT, "Novel Optical Biological Control Tools: Enabling Integrative Analysis and Engineering of Neural Substrates."
  • February 1, 2010-Dr. Yi Ye, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCSF, "Heat Sensitivity of Myelinated Nociceptors and Acute Effects of Inflammation in Newborn Mice."
  • January 11, 2010-Dr. Misha Backonja, Professor of Neurology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, "Complexity and Dynamic Nature of Neuropathic Pain and Implications."
  • November 11, 2009-Dr. Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Dept. Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, University of Muenster, "Mechanisms of Post-operative Incisional Pain: Translation from Bench to Bedside"
  • October 12, 2009-Dr. Tony Pickering, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Bristol, "Targeted Genetic Manipulation of Noradrenergic Descending Control"

Previous PIG Seminar Guest Speakers:

Tony Yaksh, PhD UCSD; Rami Burstein, PhD, Harvard; Gil Yosopovitch, MD, WFUHS; Chuck Tong, MD, WFUHS; Tony Yaksh, PhD UCSD

Susan G. Carlton, PhD, Univ of Texas, Galveston; Joyce DeLeo, PhD, Dartmouth School of Medicine; John Neubert, PhD, DDS, College of Dentistry, Univ. of Florida; Michelle A. Vincler, PhD, WFUHS; Camilla Svensson, PhD, UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA; Steve Yellon, PhD, Loma Linda School of Medicine, CA

2005 and earlier
Timothy J. Brennan, PhD, Carver College of Medicine, Univ. of Iowa; Alex Cahana, MD, Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland; Robert Coghill, PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy, WFUHS; Scott Hemby, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology, WFUHS; Gayle Page, PhD, Johns Hopkins; Frank Porreca, PhD, Pharmacology, Univ. of Arizona; Jim Rathmell, MD, University of Vermont; Richard Rauck, MD, Center for Clinical Research, WFUHS; Scott Schell, MD, Dept. of Surgery, Univ. of Florida; Joseph Tobin, MD, Anesthesiology, WFUHS; Linda Watkins, PhD, Director, Neurosciences & Psychology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Jerry Gebhardt, PhD, University of Iowa; Timothy J. Brennan, PhD, Carver College of Medicine, Univ. of Iowa


Neural Plasticity and Pain: East Meets East, November 21, 2008: Koichi Noguchi, MD, PhD, Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan; Mitsuo Tanabe, PhD, Nagoya City University, Japan; Hideaki Obata, MD, PhD, Gunma University, Japan; Ken-ichiro Hayashida, DVM, PhD, WFUHS (Organizer)

Cholinergic Mechanisms of Analgesia, February 7, 2007: Matilde Cordero-Erausquin, PhD, Universite Laval, Canada; Hui-Lin Pan, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas; Michelle Vincler, PhD, WFUHS; James C. Eisenach, MD, WFUHS (Organizer)

Predictors of Pain, May 26, 2005: Michael J. Costigan, PhD, Mass Gen Hosp, Harvard, Boston, MA; Maria Fitzgerald, PhD, Neurobiology, University College, London; Willliam Maixner, DDS, PhD, Pharmacology & Endodontics, UNC; Robert Coghill, PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy, WFUHS; Thomas J. Martin, PhD, Anesthesiology, WFUHS (Organizer)

Chronic Pain in Women after Surgery or Childbirth: Incidence, Causes and Prevention, October 19, 2004: Patricia Lavand’homme, MD, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Ruth Landau, MD, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Richard Smiley, MD, Columbia, University, NY; Peter Pan, MD, Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine; James C. Eisenach, MD, Anesthesia, WFUHS (Organizer)

Chronic Opioids in Pain and Addiction: Perspectives from the Laboratory to the Clinic, May 27, 2004: Charles Chavkin, PhD, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Frank Porreca, PhD, Pharmacology, Tucson, Univ. of Arizona; Nathaniel Katz, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Thomas J. Martin, PhD, Anesthesiology, WFUHS; Steven Childers, PhD, Physiology&Pharmacology, WFHUS (Organizer)

Obstetric Pain: Physiology and Pharmacology (A Retrospective Dedication to Dr. David Dewan), April 25, 2003: Raymond E. Papka, MD, Neurobiology, Northeastern Ohio Universities; Lars Arendt-Nielsen, MD, PhD, Aalborg Univ., Denmark; Priti Bajaj, MD, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark; Alan Gintzler, PhD, Biochemistry, SUNY, Brooklyn, NY; Roger Fillingham, PhD, College of Dentistry, Univ. of Florida; Chuanyao Tong, MD, Anesthesiology, WFUHS; James C. Eisenach, MD, WFUHS (Organizer) 

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