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From Science to Society: At the Intersection of Chronic Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis

May 31-June 1, 2018


  • At the Intersection of Pain, Reward & Opioids
  • The BRAIN Initiative: Harnessing Technology for Pain Research
  • Disparities in Clinical Pain Management
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The NIH Pain Consortium sponsors an annual symposium on a significant topic relevant to pain. This symposium features NIH supported researchers whose work has made an important contribution to pain research. In addition to speakers and panel sessions, there is a poster session featuring early career investigators. Researchers with the best abstracts are selected to give an oral presentation, and the best presenter receives the Mitchell Max Award for Best Poster. Quarterly meetings are held to discuss Pain Consortium business items including development of new programs and initiatives and updates on existing activities.

2017 Seminars & Workshops

Pain in Animals Workshop: Creating a Roadmap for Measuring Chronic Pain in Dogs and Cats
Inaugural Meeting
November 29-30, 2017 | NIH Natcher Conference Center, Room E1/E2

Pain and Opioid Management in Veterans: Evidence, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions in the Use of Collaborative and Integrated Care Approaches
Karen Seal, MD, MPH | University of California, San Francisco
April 10th, 2017  10am  Bldg 10, Lipsett Amphitheater
Open to the public | Videocast

2016-2017 NIH Pain Seminar Series

2016 Seminars & Workshops

2016-2017 NIH Pain Seminar Series
Pain in the Brain as Studied By Recordings from the Human Brain During Awake Surgeries
Frederick Lenz, MD., Ph.D., FRCS(C) | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
November 10th, 2016 10am  Bldg 35A, Rm 640

Third Annual Richard Denisco Memorial Lecture - NIDA Prescription Opioids and Pain Workgroup presents:
Clinical Decision Support Systems in the Treatment of Pain: Improving how opioids are used... Improving how opioids are not used
John Donahue & Elizabeth Ann Stringer, Ph.D. - Axial Healthcare |  Brian Meshkin & Ashley Brenton, Ph.D. - PROOVE Bioscience
October 13th, 2016 3pm NIDA Conference Rm (3103)  NSC 6001 Executive Blvd, Rockville MD

Opioids for Chronic Pain: Evidence, Guidelines, and Policy and Practice Implications
Roger Chou, MD  |  Oregon Health & Science University
October 17th, 2016 10am Lipsett Auditorium, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Cell transplants to treat the 'disease' of chronic pain
Allan Basbaum, PhD | University of California, San Francisco
May 18th, 2016 3pm Masur Auditorium

2015 Seminars & Workshops

NIDCR 2015 Seymour J. Kreshover Lecture: Targeting Glia to Treat Chronic Pain: Moving from Concept to Clinical Trials
Linda Watkins, PhD   University of Colorado at Boulder
May 4th, 2015 2pm Lipsett Amphitheater (Bldg 10)

2012 Seminars & Workshops

Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions Workshop
August 13-14, 2012
Bethesda, MD
Meeting summary