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NIH 18th Annual Pain Consortium Symposium

Published May 2023

On June 6th - 7th, the NIH Pain Consortium will convene the 18th Annual Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research: Resilience and Pathways to Recovery in Bethesda, MD. Keynote speaker will be Afton Hasset, PsyD, of University of Michigan. Free registration (including virtual access) and more information available here

1st Annual PURPOSE Meeting

Published April 2023

Have you joined the new PURPOSE network yet? It's the NIH HEAL Initiative's Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists (CCNPS). PURPOSE stands for "Positively Uniting Researchers of Pain to Opine, Synthesize, & Engage." Join them for their first meeting at the National Harbor in Maryland May 11 - 13, in person or virtually. Register now for membership in PURPOSE to join the meeting. 

2023 Society for Clinical Trials Meeting 

Published April 2023

Join A2CPS Investigators at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) in Baltimore May 21 - 24. Dixie Ecklund of A2CPS's Clinical Coordinating Center at the University of Iowa chairs a session titled “Increasing Demographic Representation of Participants in NIH HEAL-funded studies: Experiences from the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) Program, BackinAction (BIA) New York, Diversity in Clinical Trial (DCTR) Study, and Ketamine Analgesia for Longlasting Pain Relief after Surgery (KALPAS) Study." Presenters include A2CPS members Laura Wandner, PhD (NIH) and Giovanni Berardi, PhD (U Iowa). Register now. 


A2CPS Journal Club April 27

Published March 2023

Join A2CPS for our next Journal Club featuring Eva Kosek, MD, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on Thursday April 27 at noon ET. The title of Professor Kosek's talk is "Neuroimmune Signatures and Interactions in Chronic Pain." This event is open to members of the public; please register here

US Association for the Study of Pain (ASP) Meeting

Published March 2023

The US ASP 2023 meeting will be held April 11 - 14 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC. Be sure to catch up with A2CPS investigators Kathleen Sluka, Emine Bayman, Laura Frey-Law, Giovanni Berardi, Steve Harte, Rick Harris, Dave Williams and Stephani Sutherland. Bayman will present a poster on A2CPS Thoracic Enrollment, and Sutherland will present at the Early Career Forum. Register now, and come say hi! 

IASP Pain and Placebo SIG Webinar

Published March 2023

Join this free IASP Webinar meeting of the Pain and Placebo Special Interest Group (SIG) featuring A2CPS Investigator Tor Wager, PhD, of Dartmouth College and Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, of the University of Maryland. March 30, 2023 at 1 pm ET - Register here. This webinar will explore fundamental questions related to pain, such as assessing how similar pain, desire, and emotion are in their biological mechanisms and if a change in thinking can alter sensory perception and/or disease-relevant physiology.


Translational Research Conference

Published February 2023

 AnaBios presents the inaugural Translational Research Conference Feb 27 - 28 in San Diego, CA. Top researchers and scientists in translational science–from cardiac research to neuroscience–will gather to discuss innovations in preclinical drug discovery that can help improve clinical outcomes, including in chronic pain. Keynote speakers include Ted Price, PhD, of University of Texas, Dallas, and Kalyanam Shivkumar, PhD, of University of California, Los Angeles. Also attending will be A2CPS Communications Director Stephani Sutherland. Register here and follow the action at #TRC23. 

American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (APTA CSM)

Published February 2023

Join A2CPS investigators Dana Dailey, Carol Vance, Giovanni Berardi and Kathleen Sluka at the APTA Combined Sessions Meeting Feb 22 - 25 in San Diego. Dailey and Vance present a seminar, "To Treat or Not to Treat? Which Clients Would You Consider for Electrical Stimulation?" on Friday, February 24. #APTACSM2023

San Diego Pain Summit

Published January 2023

The San Diego Pain Summit is a multidisciplinary pain management conference to help clinicians translate pain research into clinical practice. Join a diverse group of pain researchers, clincians and patients in beautiful San Diego, California February 14 - 19, 2023 at The Dana at Mission Bay. On Sat Feb 18 at 9 am, A2CPS Principal Investigator Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA, will deliver the Keynote address: “The Science of Exercise for Pain Control: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications.” Register here!

Funding Opportunity from the NIH Common Fund

Published January 2023

Several valuable and widely available data sets have been generated by multiple Common Fund programs. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to announce the availability of funding to demonstrate and enhance the utility of selected Common Fund ( data sets, including generating hypotheses and catalyzing discoveries. Award recipients are asked to provide feedback on the utility of the Common Fund data resources. Deadline is February 3, 2023. 


Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures Investigator Awarded NIH Funding

Published November 2021

Congratulations to Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) Consortium member Giovanni Berardi, DPT, PhD, who was recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health’s HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative. The NIH HEAL InitiativeSM is aimed at improving prevention and treatment strategies for both opioid abuse and chronic pain.

New Multisite Clinical Center

Published December 2020

A group from the University of Michigan has been chosen to lead the second A2CPS Multisite Clinical Center. They will study 1,800 individuals scheduled for thoracic surgery. Welcome to the A2CPS team!

2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award

Published September 2020

Dr. Ari Kahn (DIRC) has been selected to receive the 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award. The award recognizes his pivotal contributions to the establishment and success of the Cancer Genome Atlas project. Congratulations, Dr. Kahn!

New Paper in Nature Reviews Neurology

Published June 2020

Dr. Tor Wager (DIRC) has published a new consensus paper on pain biomarkers based on imaging, omics, and more! Read all about it in Nature Reviews Neurology.

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