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Pain Seminar Series

The NIH Pain Seminar Series, sponsored by the NIH PAIN Special Interest Group, features presentations by national leaders in the field of pain. Seminars highlight research conducted on model organisms at the behavioral, molecular, cellular and systems levels, as well as brain imaging work in patients and healthy volunteers. Our goal is to provide a forum where NIH researchers from different backgrounds can openly exchange their ideas and perspectives as well as discuss the latest technical approaches for the study of pain.

Fellows Pain SIG Seminar Meeting with the speakers: As part of the Pain Seminar Series, NIH trainees are invited to meet with speakers following the seminar. This is a great opportunity for trainees to network and learn more about the speaker and their affiliated institution. All trainees are welcome to attend and actively participate. Only NIH staff are allowed to participate. Currently, seminars are being held virtually. For more information about registration or to ask questions, please contact Jinhee Wang (

Cajal Legacy. Instituto Cajal (CSIC), Madrid
Cajal Legacy. Instituto Cajal (CSIC), Madrid

Upcoming events

June 8, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

TLR4-Dependent Sex-Specific Differences in Neuroimmune Communications

Michael D. Burton, Ph.D.

Eugene McDermott Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

University of Texas at Dallas

Past events


May 11, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Biobehavioral Pain Mechanisms Across the Lifespan

Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Associate Professor and Associate Director

Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence

University of Florida

March 9, 2023 - 10:30 a.m. ET to 11:30 a.m. ET

The Role of PRDM12 in Nociceptor Development: From Embryogenesis to Adulthood

Helen Lai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Neuroscience and Anesthesiology & Pain Management

UT Southwestern Medical Center

February 9, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Effects and Mechanisms of Psychological Treatments in Individuals With Chronic Pain

Mark P. Jenson, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair for Research

University of Washington

January 12, 2023 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Epigenetics and Chronic Pain: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Laura Stone, Ph.D.


Department of Anesthesiology

University of Minnesota


December 8, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. ET to 11:30 a.m. ET

Understanding the Cells Making the First Synapses of the Human Pain Pathway

Theodore Price, Ph.D.

Ashbel Smith Professor and Director

Center for Advanced Pain Studies

University of Texas at Dallas

July 14, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Looking Upstream: Social and Cultural Contributors to Pain and Disparity

Vani A. Mathur, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Diversity Science and Well-Being, Texas A&M University

June 9, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Deep Phenotyping of Patients Experiencing Pain

Misha Backonja, M.D.

Supervisory Clinician Physician, NCCIH


April 14, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Cutaneous Sensation and Pain: Keratinocytes and Sensory Neurons

Cheryl Stucky, Ph.D.

Marvin Wagner Professor Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin

March 10, 2022 - TBD

POSTPONED: Molecular Characterization of Human Nociceptors

Theodore Price, Ph.D.

Eugene McDermott Professor and Co-Chair

Department of Neuroscience School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences University of Texas, Dallas

February 10, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Does This Hurt? New Discoveries About How Our Brain Scales Pain Responses

Victoria Abraira, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University



December 9, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Hypothalamic Cell Types and Circuits That Drive Survival Behaviors

Yeka Aponte, Ph.D.

Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator, Chief Neuronal Circuits and Behavior Unit; Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion, National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience

November 4, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Defining a Spinal Microcircuit That Gates Myelinated Afferent Input: Implications for Tactile Allodynia

David I. Hughes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

School of Psychology and Neuroscience College of Medical Veterinary and Life Science, University of Glasgow, UK

June 10, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. ET to 1:00 p.m. ET

The Importance of Expectation in Pain: Experimental Modeling in Humans

Irina Strigo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco VA Health Care System, University of California San Francisco

May 13, 2021 - 09:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 a.m. ET

Teaching the Brain to Fear

Joshua Johansen, Ph.D.

Team Leader

RIKEN Center for Brain Science

April 8, 2021 - 09:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 a.m. ET

Somatosensory Neuron Types and Neural Networks

Xu Zhang, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science (CAS); Director of Institute of Brain-Intelligence Technology

Zhangjiang Laboratory

March 18, 2021 - 09:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 a.m. ET

All in the Mind? The Role of Psychology in the Treatment and Etiology of Pain

Tim Salomons, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology; Queen's University, Canada

February 11, 2021 - 09:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 a.m. ET

Applying Evolutionary Principles to Pain Research

Amanda C. de C Williams, Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, Research Dept of Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology, University College London; Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Pain Management Centre

University College London Hospital

January 14, 2021 - 09:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 a.m. ET

The emotional consequences of chronic pain: Special focus on the Anterior Cingulate Cortex

Ipek Yalcin, Ph.D., Pharm. D.

Research Director; Head of the team, Neuroanatomy, Pain and Psychopathology,

Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience UPR3212 CNRS and University of Strasbourg, France


December 10, 2020 - 09:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 a.m. ET

Incerta-thalamic Circuit Controls Nocifensive Behavior via Cannabinoid Type I Receptors

Xiao-Ming Li, Ph.D.

Professor; Executive Dean of Zhejiang University School of Medicine; Executive Director of the Institute of Neuroscience of Zhejiang University


November 12, 2020 - 09:00 a.m. ET to 10:00 a.m. ET

The functional role of spinoparabrachial pathway in nociceptive information processing

Yan-Gang Sun, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator

Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology (CEBSIT); Chinese Academy of Science

February 7, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET

Mouse Models and Human Stem Cells - Complementary Approaches to Study Sensory Neurobiology

Katrin Schrenk-Siemens, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology, University of Heidelberg

Jan Siemens, Ph.D.


Department of Pharmacology, University of Heidelberg

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