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Dr. Aaron Mickle Receives R21 Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Mickle for receiving an R21 grant from the National Institute of Health. Dr. Mickle’s grant will use an animal model of spinal cord injury to restore bladder function using optogenetics, a method for controlling a neuron’s activity using light. The project’s long-term goal is…

New Publication- Chronic pain and the brain

Illustration by Dr. Jared Tanner. Congratulations to Kimberly Sibille and Jared Tanner on their study of non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic white adults links chronic knee pain and key demographic factors to differences in areas of the brain tied to memory. The article titled “Relationships Between Chronic Pain Stage, Cognition,…

New Publication- Knee Pain Trajectories

Congratulations to Drs. Alisa Johnson, Terrie Vasilopoulos, and colleagues on their article “Knee Pain Trajectories over 18 Months in non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White Adults with or at Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis” accepted for publication in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. The study assessed whether pain increases, stays the same,…

Dr. Kimberly Sibille’s New Role

Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Sibille on her new role as a Joint Associate Professor with the Division of Pain Medicine in the UF Department of Anesthesiology. In this joint position, Dr. Sibille will expand research and assessment opportunities within the UF Pain Clinic and contribute to research training in the…

Open Postdoctoral Research Positions in Neuroimaging Pain Research

Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral research fellows and/or research associates to advance research on cognitive neuroscience and chronic pain using multi-modal brain neuroimaging. While the primary candidates will work on NIH funded positions to support neuroimaging aspects of characterizing chronic pain in older individuals, the…

New Publication Alert- PROACT Clinical Trial Protocol

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Fillingim and the rest of the PROACT team for their recent publication in Contemporary Clinical Trials. Their paper highlights the design of the PROACT study (Pain Relief for OsteoArthritis through Combined Treatment) – a clinical trial exploring the pain-relieving effects of transcranial direct current stimulation…

Dr. Steven Pratscher receives Mind & Life Valera Grant

Congrats to Dr. Steven Pratscher, IMPART Postdoctoral Fellow, who received the Mind & Life Institute Valera Grant for his research on alternative approaches to pain relief. His randomized controlled trial will examine a 5-day breathing practice intervention that involves conscious connected breathing in individuals with chronic low back pain. To learn…

Dr. Calia Morais is selected to serve on RCMAR Scientist Advisory Board

Congratulations to Dr. Calia Morais for being selected to serve on the Scientist Advisory Board of the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Coordinating Center. Scientists on this board address issues of racial justice and promote the careers of future RCMAR scientists. To learn more about the RCMAR…

Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference

Our PRICE faculty had a superstar lineup at this year’s Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference. Dr. Alisa Johnson’s presentation, Pain and its Management: Strategies and Outcomes in Older Adults with or at Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis, provided a compelling discussion investigating the use of self-management strategies among older…

Dr. Roach receives her first K01 Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Keesha Roach on receiving her first NIH K01 grant through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) titled: Contributions of biopsychosocial factors in sickle cell disease pain. Dr. Roach recently moved to the UF College of Nursing as a Research Assistant Professor after…