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December 2020 Inaugural Meeting

Please feel free to view the content listed below from the USASP December 2020 Inaugural Meeting! 

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USASP 2020 Annual Conference Sponsors

Thank you to all of the gracious sponsors who supported the USASP 2020 Annual Conference. Without their support, the conference would not have been possible.

Center for Addiction and Pain Prevention and Intervention (CAPPI) - Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine - The University of Alabama at Birmingham by Burel Goodin's logo

CAPPI: Improving addiction and pain outcomes through research, education, patient care, and community outreach

The mission of CAPPI is to conduct cutting-edge research that can be developed into better treatments for addiction and pain. The faculty and staff in CAPPI seek to educate other professionals and the public about addiction and pain in a way that promotes compassion and minimizes the stigma of these two health conditions. CAPPI also serves as the focal point for community outreach in order to build effective partnerships with the communities we serve.

Dept. of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine: Committed to transforming the field of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine by generating and translating knowledge into superior clinical practice

We are uniquely situated at the intersection of a robust and diverse clinical practice, groundbreaking research, and innovative educational programs. We nurture highly innovative research programs, spanning from the bench to the bedside and to the population. Our research efforts fall into two categories: basic and translational research and clinical research. We employ an anesthesia care team model that is buttressed by dedicated nurse anesthetists, technical assistants, and laboratory technicians to oversee more than 130,000 patient encounters annually.

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Highlighted recent publications:

Kanda H, Long J, Tonomura S, Noguchi K, Matalon S, Gu JG. (2019) TREK-1 and TRAAK are principal K+ channels at the nodes of Ranvier for rapid action potential conduction on mammalian myelinated afferent nerves. Neuron, 104(5):960.

Aggarwal S, DeBerry JJ Ahmad I, Lynn P, DeWitte C, Malik S, Merlin JS, Goodin BR, Heath SL, Matalon S. (2020) Heme attenuates beta-endorphin levels in leukocytes of HIV positive individuals with chronic widespread pain. Redox Biol, 36:101684.

Powell MF, Jarzombek KW, Venhuizen KJ, Tubinis MD, Morgan CJ, Frolich MA. Comparing bupivacaine, lidocaine, and a combination of bupivacaine and lidocaine for labor epidural activation: a prospective, randomized, double-blind study. (2019) Asian J Anesthesiol, 57(2):55.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Center for Advanced Pain Studies - University of Texas at Dallas's logo

The research mission of the Center for Advanced Pain Studies (CAPS) is to elucidate fundamental mechanisms underlying chronic pain and migraine, as well as to discover novel therapeutics for the treatment of chronic pain through academic, public, and private partnerships.

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Kansas University - Department of Anesthesiology by Doug Wright's logo

The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) houses clinical and basic researchers devoted to the study of acute and chronic pain. Strengths in clinical research are bolstered by a large number of pain patients passing through the University of Kansas Hospital Marc A. Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center. KUMC excels in clinical research devoted to interventional spinal stimulation, fibromyalgia, pain genetics and painful diabetic neuropathy. The research community also includes strengths in basic research associated with genetic studies of chronic pain, visceral pain, spinal cord injury-induced pain, chemotherapy-induced painful neuropathy, and diabetic painful neuropathy. The department also collaborates extensively with a diverse and active pain community at KUMC and within the Kansas City region. Related, the KUMC has excellent basic and clinical strengths in metabolism, energy homeostasis, obesity, and physical activity/exercise related to acute and chronic pain.

The Anesthesiology Department is initiating new faculty searches that will welcome basic and clinical researchers into our existing pain research community. Please reach out to Doug Wright ([email protected]), Julie Christianson ([email protected]), Erin Young ([email protected]) or Kyle Baumbauer ([email protected]) for additional information about our current faculty searches. Details of the searches are below:

Faculty Position:
The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center invites applications from faculty candidates with research interests in pain neurobiology and a commitment to an academic medical career. Rank, track, and tenure status will be dependent on qualifications. The Department of Anesthesiology is transforming to a leading destination for clinician-scientists, translational and basic science researchers through recruitment and development of multiple principal investigators, expansion of research infrastructure, and increasing external funding. With this position, our goal is to build upon the department’s rapidly growing pain research focus that includes basic, translational, and clinical research. The overall departmental research portfolio includes foci in pediatric and adult pain research, neurostimulation, perioperative outcomes, cardiovascular research, and postoperative neural cognition. Collaborative institutional research is supported by University of Kansas Medical Center, the Frontiers CTSA and many outstanding research cores. Ample laboratory space and resources, and highly competitive recruitment packages are available for successful candidates. The department is seeking research applicants who will develop active, collaborative research activities within the department. Preferences will be given to applicants with preexisting NIH and/or extramural funding.The greater Kansas City metro area is a vibrant, growing community known for its thriving arts scene, world champion sports teams, natural beauty, and exceptional quality of life. With a population of more than 2 million, Kansas City is much more than barbecue and jazz. It's a place where unique sights and historic architecture meet cutting-edge innovation. On top of that, you'll find dozens of museums, shopping and entertainment districts, wineries and breweries, the Kansas City Zoo, hiking and biking trails, and restaurants of every culinary type.Living in Kansas City, you'll find high-quality schools and friendly neighborhoods. Its why numerous national publications have called Kansas City one of the nation's best places to live, work, and raise a family.

Faculty Position:
The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center invites applications from MD, MD-PhD and PhD faculty candidates for the Arakawa Endowed Professorship in Anesthesiology. The Arakawa Endowed Professorship was established in honor of Kasumi Arakawa, M.D.,a pioneer in the KU Department of Anesthesiology who created the first pain management program in Kansas City and was instrumental in expanding the residency program and increasing departmental research and publications.Anesthesiologists, other physician scientists, and PhD-scientists with strong records of translational research related to anesthesiology including pediatric and adult pain research, neurostimulation, perioperative outcomes, cardiovascular research, and postoperative neural cognition, neuroscience and pain medicine are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have 1) a track record of publication in preclinical and/or clinical research, 2) evidence of successful federal grant funding as the principal investigator, and 3) proficiency in research mentorship and laboratory organization.The candidate will be expected to foster research culture within the Department of Anesthesiology and to advance interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research collaborations across University research entities. Preference will be given to individuals with current NIH funding who complement one or more of the strategic research priorities of the Department. This position will report to the Department Chair and will contribute to leadership programs in Anesthesia to build research programs and mentor faculty and trainees. Ample laboratory space and resources, and a highly competitive recruitment package will be available for successful candidates.The Department of Anesthesiology is transforming to a leading destination for clinician-scientists, translational and basic science researchers through recruitment and development of multiple principal investigators, expansion of research infrastructure, and increasing external funding. With this position, our goal is to build upon our departments growing research focus and includes basic, translational, and clinical research. In addition to base salary, clinical income pay, and grant support, the recipient will supervise endowment funds. The Department will provide the successful candidate significant startup funding and a relocation budget to move the candidate and their research laboratory.The Department offers extensive resources,including access to the NIH CTSA -funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science, an Anesthesia Clinical Research Support Team, Anesthesiology Research Committee for grant and IRB previews, growing resident and medical student research programs, and 26 unique Research Core Facilities at KUMC. The greater Kansas City metro area is a vibrant, growing community known for its thriving arts scene, world champion sports teams, natural beauty, and exceptional quality of life. With a population of more than 2 million, Kansas City is much more than barbecue and jazz. It's a place where unique sights and historic architecture meet cutting-edge innovation. On top of that, you'll find dozens of museums, shopping and entertainment districts, wineries and breweries, the Kansas City Zoo, hiking and biking trails, and restaurants of every culinary type. Living in Kansas City, you'll find high-quality schools and friendly neighborhoods. Its why numerous national publications have called Kansas City one of the nation's best places to live, work, and raise a family.

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MD Anderson - Pain Research Consortium by A. Kavelaars's logo

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Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research's logo

Our goal is to further the understanding of sensory processes through scientific interaction and collaboration.

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University of Florida - Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) by Roger Fillingim's logo

PRICE is a multi-college Center of Excellence that serves as the professional home for UF scientists, clinicians, and trainees dedicated to improved understanding and treatment of pain. PRICE endeavors to reduce pain-related suffering throughout Florida and the nation through excellence in pain research, treatment and education, which ultimately will be achieved by integrating all three missions under one interdisciplinary Center. PRICE provides postdoctoral training opportunities through our T32-funded Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training (IMPART) Program.

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Roger Fillingim
University of Florida

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University of Iowa - Department of Anesthesia by Donna Hammond's logo

Mission: Through collaborating, delivering innovative research and education, and providing value-based clinical services, the Department of Anesthesia is shaping the future of perioperative patient care.

Vision: The Department of Anesthesia provides exceptional patient experiences and a positive work environment through excellent, compassionate care, continuous improvement, innovative research, and collaborative learning.

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University of Iowa - Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology and  Pain Research Program by Yuriy Usachev's logo

The Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology seeks highly qualified applicants for several tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant, Associate, or full Professor level in the broad areas of Neuroscience and Pharmacology. Preferred areas of research complement existing strengths in the department, including molecular systems neuroscience, disorders of the nervous system, central control of energy homeostasis and cardiovascular function, cell signaling, aging, and cancer biology. The department has new leadership and is undergoing expansion of its faculty (https://medicine.uiowa.edu/neuroscience-and-pharmacology/). Neuroscience and Pharmacology faculty members direct an NIH funded training program for predoctoral students in Pharmacological Sciences and have strong collaborative interactions with colleagues throughout the Carver College of Medicine, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cardiovascular Center, Iowa Neuroscience Institute, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. The faculty members also participate in interdisciplinary training programs including Neuroscience, Molecular Medicine, Pain Research, Genetics, and the Medical Scientist Training Program. Outstanding research space with state-of-the art shared instrumentation is available. These tenure-track positions include a 12-month salary, benefits and a competitive start-up package.All applicants must have a relevant doctoral degree, demonstrated ability in research and teaching and/or mentoring, including high-profile publications, and documented potential to direct an innovative and productive research program. For the Assistant Professor rank, this includes a minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral training and an outstanding record of research accomplishments. For the Associate and Full Professor rank, this additionally includes a record of outstanding accomplishments in teaching and service. Applicants must also have productive research experience focusing on topics of broad interest in neuroscience and/or pharmacology. Applicants will be judged on their potential to initiate and maintain a vigorous, independent research program and to teach and train students and postdoctoral fellows. The successful candidate should have the demonstrated capacity to foster an environment in which excellence in research, teaching, and scholarship can flourish, as well as experience and interest in developing and leading research programs.Desirable attributes include a record of innovative and effective administrative and fiscal leadership, a record of excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated experience promoting a diverse workforce, and positive interactions with students, staff and faculty.Complete the job application (req # 73845) at http://jobs.uiowa.edu and include a letter of interest, CV, and a summary of research accomplishments and plans. Provide name and contact information of three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2020. Questions may be directed to Professor Stefan Strack, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, phone 319-335-7946, [email protected] City, and the surrounding area, consistently rank as a top community in which to live, work, play, and raise a family.The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies.

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Yuriy Usachev

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University of Minnesota - Pain Consortium by George Wilcox's logo

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George Wilcox

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Washington University Pain Center By Robert Gereau's logo

The mission of the Washington University Pain Center is to alleviate human suffering from pain through integration of research, education and clinical practice.

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Robert Gereau

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September 15, 2020 Meeting

Previous meeting  

The purpose of this meeting was to provide attendees with background on the USASP, where we are now, and to find out  where attendees would like the Association to go. Thus, the bulk of the meeting was spent in breakout sessions loosely organized around areas within the pain space. There are obviously categories we were not able to include, but with having back to back sessions with the same line-up of options, the hope was that most of the pain community would be able to provide feedback relevant to the multiple areas in which they work.

THERE WERE THREE MAIN QUESTIONS WE ADDRESSED:

1)     What can and should the USASP be doing to best meet your professional needs?

2)     What are the most important components of professional meetings you attend, and how are these components most effectively carrier out?

3)     Is there virtual meeting content that could and should be included in the December (9-11) USASP Scientific Meeting?

 

This meeting was FREE.