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Journal Club Meeting April 14, 2015

Greetings, The next meeting of Pain Journal Club is scheduled for Tuesday April 14th (D7-11; 11:30-1:00). Cancer pain is a common yet often overlooked aspect of cancer management, partly due to the focus of cancer removal/treatment. The mechanisms underlying this pain are unclear and further complicated by the multiple modalities…

Journal Club Meeting March 10, 2015

Time:  11:30am – 1:00pm Location: Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings! Sickness behavior is often characterized by immune-to-brain communication that can lead to a constellation of reversible behavioral and affective changes that include lethargy, social withdrawal and enhanced sensitivity to pain. The fact that stress factors may sensitize immune to…

Journal Club Meeting February 24, 2015

Location:  Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings, Chronic alcohol consumption produces painful peripheral neuropathy for which there is no reliable successful therapy, mainly due to lack of understanding of its pathobiology. Alcoholic neuropathy is believed to involve damage to nerves that results from long term excessive drinking of alcohol and…

Journal Club Meeting February 10, 2015

Location:  Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings, Phantom pain after arm amputation is widely believed to arise from maladaptive cortical reorganization, triggered by loss of sensory input (Flor et al.). Recent evidence, however, suggests that chronic phantom pain experience drives plasticity by maintaining local cortical representations and disrupting inter-regional connectivity…

Journal Club Meeting January 13, 2015

Location:  Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings, I want to let everyone know that after a Holiday break we are back on schedule with our next meeting of the Pain Journal Club scheduled from 11:30-1:00pm.      Based on recent societal data for six major chronic conditions including heart disease, diabetes,…

Journal Club Meeting November 25th, 2014

Location: Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings, The next meeting of the Pain Journal Club will be Tuesday November 25th. The focus of the discussion will be on the roles of non-specific treatment effects, in particular patient expectations for pain relief and the therapeutic alliance, both of which have been…

Pain Connections Meeting December 4, 2014

Dear Colleagues: At this time I would like to announce the final meeting of Pain Connections for 2014. After a very successful meeting back in September I look forward to seeing everyone back again for what promises to be another interesting presentation and opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues!!…

Journal Club Meeting October 28, 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Location: Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings, The aversiveness of pain as well as the reward of pain relief is processed by mesocorticolimbic circuits in the brain. These reward/motivational circuits have attracted a lot of attention both in clinical and preclinical studies (see attached). It…

Journal Club Meeting October 14, 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Location: Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings, The next meeting of the Pain Journal Club will be Tuesday October 14th. For the past decade a major concern in the pain field has been the shortage of drugs available to treat chronic pain. One can point…

Journal Club meeting September 23, 2014

Time: 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Location: Dental Sciences Building, Room D7-11 Greetings, Intervention for the treatment of chronic pain have expanded in recent years to include a number of different complementary and alternative strategies. One such strategy (acupuncture) has been around since 2000 BC and is practiced worldwide for conditions…