The University of Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research (PCPR) was established in 2006. The Department of Anesthesiology in the School of Medicine is the administrative home of the PCPR and principal research laboratories are located in contiguous space in the Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower, Department of Neurobiology. As a Center, the PCPR extends beyond departmental boundaries and is comprised of basic and clinical scientists appointed in departments of Anesthesiology, Medicine, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Psychiatry.
An overarching goal of the PCPR is to become a leading center for training both basic and clinical scientists in the arenas of pain research and pain management. Accordingly, we undertook an aggressive faculty recruitment strategy to enhance the breadth of basic and clinical science research programs and have developed an educational platform that incorporates graduate level courses and educational interactions with clinical pain fellows. The research environment at the University of Pittsburgh and within the PCPR is exceptional and includes both basic and clinical science research programs headed by nationally prominent investigators. The University of Pittsburgh currently ranks sixth nationally in NIH awards and the Department of Anesthesiology ranks first nationally among anesthesiology departments in number of grant awards.
Because PCPR faculty are diverse in background, well funded, experienced as mentors, and both interactive and collegial, the research training environment is outstanding and supported by a T32 NIH training program for both pre- and post-doctoral fellows. In addition to sponsoring a high profile visiting speakers program, a weekly PCPR journal club and biweekly research presentations by trainees and faculty provide program enrichment and opportunity for informal interaction with PCPR members. The PCPR has rapidly established a national presence in the pain research community. We welcome inquiries about pre-doctoral training opportunities and applications for post-doctoral positions.
G.F. Gebhart, PhD, Director