Journal Club meeting September 9, 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Location: Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11


The first meeting of the Pain Journal Club for the new academic year will be Tuesday September 9th.

I hope everyone had a great summer and now with the arrival of Fall we can turn our attention to all the good things that come with this time of year (e.g. cooler weather; Gator football; and tail gating).

We will start the year with a paper that has been getting a lot of attention in the pain community. The study appeared in one of the top shelf journals, Science, that many associate with global warming, mathematical algorithms, atmospheric events and subatomic particles. Every now and then, however, a study appears related to the study of pain. When this happens we have to assume the paper is important and worthy of discussion.

In a recent issue of Science an article appeared that focused on the relationship of limbic reward circuits and how they were affected by chronic pain (see attached). The article was accompanied by a commentary by Howard Fields (the father of descending control and On-Off cells) who found the study by Schwartz and colleagues to be “a vital step toward solving the fundamental neurobiological problem of action selection in the presence of conflicting motivations”. I have no idea what that means but I am sure someone will enlighten me.

The paper also generated interest from the Pain Research Forum (see attached Commentary). To give the paper some human perspective I have also included a paper related to the development of a motivational model of pain self-management (see attached). This is definitely an interesting topic that should provide the motivation for an interesting discussion.

I want to remind everyone that pain journal club is a great educational opportunity that provides something for all who attend. I encourage all students and trainees to attend and present papers in their area of interest. I can guarantee you based on our past history that no matter what the topic there will always be an interesting discussion……so join us for what promises to have a little something for everyone.

For those interested in taking Pain Journal Club for credit you can sign up for DEN6935 (15D3).

Hope to see you next week!!

Please circulate to those you think might be interested in this topic!!

Robert P. Yezierski, Ph.D.
Director of Education
Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence
Professor of Orthodontics, Neuroscience and Anesthesiology
University of Florida
1600 S.W. Archer Road,
Rm. 10-19
Gainesville, FL 32610-0444
phone 352-392-4081
FAX 352-392-3031
cell 352-538-2283

Mice in Pain Lose Drive

more pain less gain (Fields)

Science article (pain)

self management (motivation)