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Entry DateJune 28, 2021
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NameJared Tanner
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

I currently am involved in research assessing relationships between chronic pain, surgical interventions for pain, and brain structure and function.

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

My plan is to move forward with looking at how health disparities interact with pain, cognitive aging, and medical interventions, such as major surgery. My plan is to continue to study psychosocial factors associated with health disparities and brain health.

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

I enjoy spending time with my family. I spend time involved in church service. My hobbies include exercising, 3D printing, playing games, and reading.

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

As an undergraduate student I saw images of the brain using diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging that traced white matter pathways. These were so compelling that I knew I wanted to learn more about the brain and brain imaging. I also had several family members who developed dementia around this time, which resulted in me wanting to understand dementia and aging. I was fortunate enough to come to the University of Florida to earn a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology where I could focus on my interests. My work with pain was more recent as I became involved with a grant looking at pain, health disparities, and the brain.