Ardem Patapoutian, PhD (Co-Chair)
Scripps Research Institute
Dr. Patapoutian studies molecular mechanisms of thermal and mechanical pain sensation.
Chris Miaskowski, RN, PhD (Co-Chair)
University of California San Francisco
Dr. Miaskowski is an internationally recognized expert in pain and symptom management research. A portion of her program of research focuses on the identification of phenotypic and genotypic characteristics that place patients at highest risk for the development of the most deleterious symptoms that occur as a result of cancer and its treatment. Her most recent work is focused on an evaluation of differences in the co-occurrence of multiple symptoms in younger versus older oncology patients.
Timothy Brennan, MD
University of Iowa
Dr. Brennan has focused on improving the management of postoperative pain in surgical patients. His research utilizes in vivo and in vitro neurophysiologic methods to examine the sensitization process and the resulting behavioral phenomena at the level of the primary afferent neuron as well as the spinal cord dorsal horn.
Robert Coghill, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Robert C. Coghill is focused on delineating the neural mechanisms supporting individual differences in pain. His research interleaves data obtained with functional MRI of brain activity with subjective reports of pain and psychological state. His work encompasses studies of the effects of expectations on pain, brain mechanisms supporting attention to pain, and processes associated with the cognitive modulation of pain.
Xinzhong Dong, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Dong's laboratory studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms of acute and persistent pain with a focus on nociceptors in dorsal root ganglion. The lab has generated various mouse genetic tools for classification and functional characterization of nociceptors. More recently, they have developed in vivo DRG imaging techniques in live mice to reveal novel pain mechanisms.
Jerry Gebhart, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Gebhart's research expertise is in descending modulation of spinal nociceptive transmission. He also studies mechanisms of visceral pain, focusing on visceral afferent sensitization and contributions to cross-organ sensitization.
Deb Gordon, RN, PhD
University of Washington
Debra B. Gordon, RN, S, APRN, FAAN, is a clinical nurse specializing in pain management.
Renee Manworren, RN, PhD
Lurie Children’s Hospital
Dr. Manworren seeks to culturally transform our sensitivity to children's pain: to better prevent, assess, treat and understand children's pain, especially for predictable pain and pain in children with communication limitations.
Jeff Mogil, PhD
The Pain Genetics Lab at McGill University, headed by Dr. Jeffrey S. Mogil, is working towards explaining individual differences in the sensitivity to pain, pain inhibition by analgesic drugs, and susceptibility to chronic pain pathologies. The eventual goal is to facilitate personalized pain medicine.
Frank Porreca, PhD
University of Arizona
Dr. Porreca has worked with models of cancer pain for many years and is continuing to work on the role of mediators that promote ongoing bone cancer pain in immunocompetent mice.
Sarah Ross, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
The Ross lab uses electrophysiological, optogenetic and behavioral approaches to understand the neural circuits that underlie sensory integration.