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2023 USASP Annual Scientific Meeting

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Wednesday April 12th, 2023

Neuroimmune interactions in chronic pain: From clinical to clinically-informed basic science
Vivianne Tawfik, MD, PhD

Pain and the Extracellular Matrix Laura S Stone, PhD, University of Minnesota; Arkady Khoutorsky, PhD, DVM, McGill University; Maral Tajarian, PhD, Queens College, City University of New York

Chronic cancer pain, opioid management, and substance use disorder: intersecting challenges in a vulnerable population
Hailey W. Bulls, PhD, CHAllenges in Managing and Preventing Pain (CHAMPP) Clinical Research Center, University of Pittsburgh; Devon K. Check, PhD, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University; Jessica S. Merlin, MD, PhD, MBA, Director, CHAllenges in Managing and Preventing Pain (CHAMPP) Clinical Research Center, University of Pittsburgh

Long term outcomes of children with chronic pain adult health and functioning
Caitlin B. Murray, PhD, University of Washington, Department of Anethesiology and Pain Medicine; Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, PhD, Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics; Amanda Stone, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Racial disparities, underlying differential epigenetic pathways and mitigation approaches across pediatric and adult pain conditions
Keesha Powell-Roach, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), TN; Edwin N. Aroke, Ph.D., CRNA, FAANA, FAAN, Associate professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL; Vidya Chidambaran, MD, MS, FASA, Professor of Anesthesia, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, Cincinnati, OH; Monika Goyal MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, Washington DC

Thursday April 13, 2023

Understanding the pathophysiology of migraine headache and why it is not just one more pain
The first part of the talk will focus on current understanding of the headache phase of migraine, the way it is imitated, progressed and terminated. How current understanding determine treatment approach and whether it is possible to identify treatment responders using affordable and simple test. The second part of the talk will highlight differences between migraine headache and pain that can explain why migraine drugs are analgesics and why analgesics are ineffective in the treatment of migraine headache.

Rami Burstein, PhD (Harvard Medical School)

Addressing Social Indicators of Health to Improve Pain and Functioning in African American Older Adults 
Staja Booker, PhD, RN, University of Florida, College of Nursing; Mary Janevic, PhD, MPH, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Janiece Taylor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Neuro-immune mechanisms of cancer pain
Nicole Scheff, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Christopher Donnelly, DDS, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine; Yi Ye, PhD, New York University College of Dentistry; Sebastien Talbot, PhD, Queen's University; Jami Saloman, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Neural circuits of pain affect and its top-down control
Sarah Ross, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Nathan Cramer, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland; Rotem Botvinik Nezer, Postdoc in the Wager lab, Dartmouth College

Non coding RNAs, potential biomarkers and targets for chronic pain and itch
Ru-Rong Ji, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, Center for Translational Pain Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA; Seena K Ajit, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Yuan-Xiang Tao, Department of Anesthesiology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA

The clinician-patient relationship and pain: clinical, experimental, and neurobiological approaches
Adam Hirsh, Ph.D., Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Elizabeth Reynolds Losin, Ph.D., University of Miami, As of March 1 2023: The Pennsylvania State University; Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D., Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Let’s Talk About It: Using Insights from Qualitative Interviews to Advance Mindfulness-based Interventions for Chronic Pain
Jessica Barnhill, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina - School of Medicine; Carrie Brintz, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Matthew Herbert, PhD, VA San Diego Healthcare System

Recent findings regarding reasons for the differences in pain experience and treatment between men and women
Hadas Nahman-Averbuch, PhD, Assistant Professor/Department of Anesthesiology Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine; Christin Veasley, Chronic Pain Research Alliance; Diane Hoffmann, MS, JD, Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law; Gianna McCarty, LGBTQ+ Equity and Education, Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity

Friday April 14, 2023

Amplifying the voices of children and adolescents with chronic pain and sickle cell disease
Chronic pain in pediatric sickle cell disease (SCD) is a major clinical challenge due to the complex interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors. Dr. Sil will highlight common psychological comorbidities that maintain chronic pain and functional impairment that must be targeted to support improved pain and quality of life outcomes. Current pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments have variable and limited effectiveness resulting in the persistence of chronic pain during adolescence into adulthood. This presentation will emphasize how incorporating youth identified needs and feedback is pivotal in shaping the conceptualization and adaptation of non-pharmacological evidence-based treatments to meet the unique needs experienced by youth with chronic pain and SCD.

Soumitri Sil, PhD, ABPP (Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta)

Advances in spirituality and religion-based interventions across the continuum of pain and suffering
Benjamin R. Doolittle, MD, MA Div., Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Yale Medical School Professor, Religion & Health, Yale Divinity School Director, Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion - New Haven, CT; Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences & Associate Professor of Medicine Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Adjunct Professor, Dept of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Marta Illueca, MD, MDiv, MS, Clergy Medical Liasion - The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware Fellow, Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality and Religion Professor of Pediatrics, Ad honorem, University of Panamá - School of Medicine, Republic of Panamá; Samantha Meints, PhD, Instructor- Symposium Moderator, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Harvard Medical School

2022 Rita Allen Scholars Presentation
Aaron Mickle, PhD , University of Florida; Gwendolyn Hoben, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin; Geoffroy Laumet PhD, Michigan State University

Remembering the hippocampus: Novel mechanistic insights of an understudied brain region regarding chronic pain
Sarah Nelson, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Massieh Moayedi, PhD, University of Toronto; A. Vania Apkarian, PhD, Northwestern University

NIH HEAL Initiative and CDMRP Funding Opportunities in Pain Research & Management
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) have long standing mission and commitment to seek fundamentalknowledge about the nature of pain and application of that knowledge to enhance health and reduce disability. Furthermore, the Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) Initiative, is aggressively supportingresearch on understanding, managing, and treating pain, to accelerate scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Multiple research programs and funding opportunities in pain havebeen developed by NIH, the HEAL Initiative and CDMRP, ranging from basic discovery science to therapeutics development, clinical research, clinical trials, and effectiveness research. These opportunitiesare available to investigators across all career stages in academia, industry, and health care provider sectors. The goal of this symposium is to educate the pain research and management community, throughthe US Association for the Study of Pain (USASP), on programmatic goals and available funding opportunities from NIH, HEAL Initiative and CDMRP. Attendees at the 2023 USASP Annual Scientific Meeting will learn about the application submission and evaluation processes utilized by NIH and CDMRP. They will be informed of identified programmatic priorities so they can align their research ideas with appropriate funding mechanisms to improve chances for success in obtaining federal research grantsupport. The 1st half of the symposium will comprise of team-based presentations by program staff, including individuals from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, on NIH, Heal Initiative andCDMRP mission & priorities in Pain, and on available funding opportunities. The 2nd half will be devoted to four breakout discussion sessions (NIH - Basic and Preclinical Pain, NIH - Translational & Pain TherapeuticsDevelopment, NIH-Clinical Pain Research & Clinical Trials, and CDMRP Pain Research), wherein meeting attendees can meet with NIH and CDMRP Program Staff, get answers to their questions on specific fundingopportunities, discuss about their research programs & alignment to specific funding opportunities, and provide feedback to NIH & CDMRP staff.

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