20 January Marco Loggia, Mass General, Harvard “The human brain in chronic pain”
10 February Laura Bohn, Scripps Research Institute “Harnessing CPCR signaling by using biased agonist to promote analgesia while limiting side effects”
17 February Julie Christianson, University of Kansas “The painful consequences of early life stress”
16 March Xinzhong Dong, Johns Hopkins “Mechanisms of itch and inflammation”
20 April Todd Vanderah, University Arizona “Sources of bone cancer pain and its treatment by enhancing endogenous cannabinoids”


16 September Zina Trost,  University of Alabama “Beyond distraction: Using virtual reality gaming to challenge pain-related and avoidance behavior”
21 October Hanns Zeilhofer, University Zurich “Dissecting the functions of dorsal horn interneurons through intersectional gene targeting”
20 November Yuanxiang Tao, Rutgers Medical School “Epigenetic mechanisms of neuropathic pain”
16 December Karen Davis, University Toronto The “Dynamic pain connectome” and the “pain switch (an ouch detector)”: Two new concepts of pain mechanism and the impact on developing a pain-o-meter”
18 March David Ginty, Harvard University “Development and organization of low-threshold mechanosensory neurons”
15 April Ardem Patapoutian, Howard Hughes Medical Center “May the force be with you: Search for molecular sensors of pressure”


17 September Philippe Sequela, McGill University Optogenetic interrogation of pain circuits in transgenic mice
24 September Alexandre DaSilva Pain as a research and therapeutic target in migraine and orofacial pain”
15 October Glenn Giesler, University of Minnesota “Studies of itch- and pain-related responses of spinal cord projecting neurons”
12 November Gregory Scherrer, Stanford University “Functional organization of the opioid system along pain neural circuits “
17 December Mark Hoon, National Insitute of Health “Molecular dissection of somatosensation: Thermosensation, pain, and itch”
19 February Manoj Puthenveedu, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy “Pain and opioid receptor trafficking”
19 March Srinivasa Raja, Johns Hopkins University “Unraveling the mystery of the potential mechanisms of spinal cord stimulation-induced analgesia”
16 April Claudia Campbell,  Johns Hopkins University “Potential mechanisms of ethnic differences in pain”
5 May Tor Wager, Univerity of Colorado “Towards fMRI-based biomarkers for pain and emotion”
2 June Jon-Kar Zueita, University of Michigan “Endogenous opioid mechanisms in persistent pain and relevance to treatment response”
12 June Clas Linnman, Harvard University “Molecular and functional imaging of the pain circuit: From peripheral inflammation to central disruption”
18 June Michael Jankowski, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital “Inflammation and ischemic myalgia”


19 September Judith Paice, Northwestern University “War on cancer: New battles”
24 October Robert LaMotte, Yale University “How nociceptors signal itch”
28 November Hui-Lin Pan, University of Texas “Mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in neuropathic pain”
12 December Daniela Salvemini, St. Louis University “Selective activation of A3 adenosine receptors to alleviate chronic neuropathic pain states”
13 December David Yeomans, Stanford University “Transcriptional control of pain chronification”
23 January Petra Schweinhardt, McGill University “Spying on the brain – cerebral alterarions in chronic pain”
20 February Mark Zylka, University of North Carolina “Biochemical modulation of nociceptor circuits”
6 March Ronald Wiley, Vanderbilt University “Pain processing in the dorsal horn: analysis using targeted cytotoxins”
20 March Brian Schmidt, New York University “Neurobiology of cancer pain”



19 September Judith Paice, Northwestern University “War on cancer: New battles”
24 October Robert LaMotte, Yale University “How nociceptors signal itch”
28 November Hui-Lin Pan, University of Texas “Mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in neuropathic pain”
12 December Daniela Salvemini, St. Louis University “Selective activation of A3 adenosine receptors to alleviate chronic neuropathic pain states”
13 December David Yeomans, Stanford University “Transcriptional control of pain chronification”
15 February Robert Edwards, Harvard University “Biopsychosocial aspects of post-operative pain”
09 March Andrew Todd, University of Glasgow “Unraveling the circuitry in the spinal dorsal horn”
21 March Ru-Rong Ji, Duke University “Pain control by anti-imflammatory and pro-resolution lipid mediators”
18 April Quinn Hogan, Medical College of Wisconsin “Neuropathic pain: Ca2+ currents, T-junction filtering, and (maybe) cell transplant”
03 May Mark Baccei, University of Cincinnati “Pacemaker activity in the developing superficial dorsal horn”
16 May Amy MacDermott, Columbia University “Inhibition in the dorsal horn where touch and pain meet”
05 June Diana Bautista, University of California, Berkely “Itchy mice and star-nosed moles: New approaches to study itch, touch and pain”



09/12/11 Annette Dolphin,University College London “Voltage-gated calcium channel α2δ subunits: A target site for drugs in the treatment of neuropathic pain”
09/21/11 Richard Harris, University of Michigan “Altered brain neurochemistry and function in chronic pain”
12/12/11 Tim Salomons, Toronto Western Research Institute “Who and how? Understanding cognitive modulation of pain”
10/26/11 Eric Moulton, Harvard University “Pain neuroimaging in the human trigeminal system and in the cerebellum”
02/17/11 Cheryl Stucky, Med. College of Wisconsin “Novel mechanisms underlying pain in sickle cell”
2/28/11 Cynthia Hingtgen, Univ. of Indiana “Where are the GAPs in sensory neuron signaling?”
Martin Schmelz, the Pfizer Visiting Professor “Microneurography – unique insights from single fiber recordings in pain patients”
“Long term axonal sensitization of nociceptors by NGF”
03/16/11 Jay Pasricha, Stanford School of Medicine “An update on inflammatory and “functional” gastrointestinal pain”
04/20/11 Mike Salter, Univ of Toronto, Canada “Neuronal and Glial Signalling in Pain Neuroplasticity”
5/17/11 Yuriy Usachev, Univ. Iowa “Mechanisms of short-term and long-term nociceptive plasticity: From TRPV1 to NFAT”
6/29/11 Misha Backonja, University Wisconsin, Madison Translational pain research: What is it, why does it matter and what we can do to advance it?”


09/15/10 Rami Burstein, Harvard Medical School “Thalamic involvement in photophobia and whole-body allodynia during migraine”
10/20/10 Ian Gilron, Queen’s Unvi., Canada “Combination pharmacotherapy for the management of pain”
12/15/10 Barbara Hastie, Univ. Florida “Predicting pain across populations: mechanisms, models and conundrums”
04/28/10 David Clark, Stanford Univ. “The inflammatory basis of complex regional pain syndrome”
05/05/10 Robert Coghill, Wake Forest Univ. “Brain mechanisms supporting sensory aspects of the pain”
05/19/10 Joyce DeLeo, Dartmouth Med. School “Role of SNS glia and immune cells in pain – lessons from the lab and clinic”


09/16/09 Jon Levine, Univ. California San Fransico “Toward a cell biology of pain”
11/09/09 Juergen Sandkuehler, Med. Univ. of Vienna, Austria “Synaptic mechanisms of pain amplification”
11/18/09 Jennifer Haythornwaite, Johns Hopkins Univ. “Psychological and behavioral risk factors for persistent pain”
12/16/09 Fernando Cervero, McGill Univ., Montreal Quebec “Spinal cord mechanisms of pain hypersensitivity
21 January, 2009 James Eisenach
Wake Forest University
“Obstetric Pain: Acute and Chronic”
18 February, 2009 John Farrar
University of Pennsylvania
“Measuring Pain: What Does it Really Mean”
18 March, 2009 Michael Camilleri
Mayo Clinic
“What’s New in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Mechanisms and Management”
15 April, 2009 Allan Basbaum
University of California, San Francisco
“The Neurobiology of Pain: From Molecules to Circuit to Behavior”
20 May,2009 Sean Mackey
Stanford University
“The Strain in Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain: Lessons Learned from Functional Neuroimaging”


17 September, 2008 Roger Fillingim
University of Florida
“What Can We Learn from Studying Individual Differences in Experimental Pain Responses?”
15 October, 2008 Robert Gereau
Washington University
“Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Central Sensitization”
12 November, 2008 Peter Smith
University of Alberta, Edmonton
17 December, 2008 Yves DeKoninck
Laval University, Quebec
“Neuroimmune-mediated Disinhibition in the Pathogenesis of Neuropathic Pain”
16 January Luda Diatchenko
University of North Carolina
“Expansion of the genomic architecture of the human mu opioid receptor reveals a novel functional SNP”
20 February Kenneth Hargreaves
University of Texas, San Antonio
“A TRP through trigeminal nociceptors”
19 March Irene Tracey
(Pfizer Visiting Professor)
Oxford University
“The cerebral signature for pain perception in health and disease: does neuroimaging tell us anything new?”

“Pharmacological FMR as useful tool for early analgesic drug development”

28 March Wilfrid Jänig
Universität Kiel, Germany
“Mechano- and thermosensitivity of regenerating cutaneous afferent fibers after nerve injury”
16 April Christopher Nielsen
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
“Individual differences in pain sensitivity: measurement, causation and consequences”
21 May Bill Maixner
University of North Carolina
“Pain genetics – lessons learned from temporomandibular joint disorder”
16 June
Clifford Woolf
Harvard University
“Blocking pain with pain”



6 September Hermann Handwerker
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
“Silent nociceptors” – a problem of translational neurobiology
19 September Emeran Mayer
“Visceral Pain in Humans: Deconstructing the Brain’s Response”
21 November Janet Keast
University of Sydney
“Estrogen effects on structure and signaling properties of pelvic visceral afferent neurons”
19 December Tim Brennan
University of Iowa
“Mechanisms for incisional pain”