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Entry DateNovember 24, 2020
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NameRoger Fillingim
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

My research aims to understand how and why people differ in their responses to pain. In particular, we are interested in racial and ethnic disparities in pain, particularly in older adults. One of our projects is testing whether mindfulness and brain stimulation, alone and in combination, are effective in reducing arthritis pain.

4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?

I have been very fortunate to be involved in pain research for more than 25 years. Given my current career stage, I am most interested in providing resources to ensure that early career investigators are able to pursue the research that drives them. This is particularly important because these are the scientists who will achieve the breakthroughs that will transform the lives of people suffering from chronic pain.

5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.

My wife and I enjoy walking our toy poodle (Pebbles). The three of us go for a three mile walk around UF's campus most days. And I very much look forward to resuming travel, once we get on the other side of the pandemic.

3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?

I don't have an inspirational story. I became interested in pain, because it was one of the areas in which psychology was becoming well integrated in the early days of behavioral medicine. So, in graduate school I worked in a pain clinic and found it very interesting and rewarding.