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University of Washington Medicine - Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

  Scan Design Foundation Innovations In Pain Summer Research Program

Pain represents an immense clinical problem.  Millions of people in the U.S. alone suffer from debilitating chronic pain.  In order to advance the field so that we can reduce this burden and offer hope to the many patients with chronic pain, we will need to better understand pain and treatment mechanisms, develop new therapies, and improve access to evidence-based pain care.  In order to do this, we need to create opportunities and incentives for innovative research.  The Foundation has partnered with UW Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine to create a research innovation award program that will support creative, early stage research projects with the potential to lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of pain.  As part of this investment, a Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Pain Research was developed to expose undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research in pain to stimulate interest in future careers in pain research.

Program Eligibility

  • Current full-time UW undergraduate student (with potential areas of study in biological sciences, psychology, nursing, social work, and/or engineering)
  • Rising juniors, rising seniors, or non-graduating seniors
  • Interest in exploring either basic science or clinical research in pain treatment
  • Interest in pursuing a PhD, MD or MD-PhD

 

Program 

Placement in a participating faculty's research environments for full-time, 10-week intensive research immersion experience. Awardees will also be required to:

  • Complete a full-time intensive research experience in one of the participating faculty laboratories.
  • Attend weekly research seminars focused on current topics in science and workshops that provide training in research skills and ethics.
  • Present their research to faculty, peers, and the community at concluding poster and oral presentation sessions.
  • Present their research in the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

 

For more information on this grant program Scan Design Foundation Innovations In Pain Summer Research Program

 

2015 Pain Program Awardees

 

Logan Condon

Faculty Mentor:  Ajay Dhaka, Biological Stucture

Juan (Pablo) Espinosa

Faculty Mentor:  Kushang Patel, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Tom Gebert

Faculty Mentor:  Tonya Palermo, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Qimin (Kimmo) Liu

Faculty Mentor:  Shelby Langer, Social Work

Dylan Moore

Faculty Mentor:  Ajay Dhaka, Biological Structure

Albert Ng

Faculty Mentor:  Mark Opp, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Alta Steward

Faculty Mentor:  Kushang Patel, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

 

2016 Pain Program Awardees

 

Caroline Bridgwater

Faculty Mentor:  Jennifer Rabbitts, Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab, UW School of Medicine

Alexie Carletti

Faculty Mentor:  Tonya Palermo, Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab, UW School of Medicine

Alik Myroniv

Faculty Mentor:  Pierre Mourad, Neurological Surgery, Engineering and Mathematics

Sara Sagadiev

Faculty Mentor:  Kushang Patel, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Becka Warfield

Faculty Mentor:  Ajay Dhaka, Biological Structure

 

 

To learn more about the student research visit the UW-Pain Program Student Page

 

 

 

 

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