Where: Bethesda Civic Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
5:00-5:30 Food and networking
5:30-6:00 General Members Meeting
6:00 Dr. Mark Pitcher presenting “Rodent Pain Models: Lost or Gained in Translation?”
Rodent Pain Models: Lost or Gained in Translation?
Rodent models of pain drive the pre-clinical research leading to new therapies for chronic pain. This talk explores what these rodent models can and cannot tell us, as well as approaches that improve the translatability of these models into effective treatments for people with chronic pain.
Dr. Mark Pitcher obtained his B.A. in Experimental Psychology at Bishop’s University in Canada. His graduate studies at McGill University focused on molecular mechanisms of persistent pain in the spinal cord. Dr. Pitcher is currently a post-doctoral fellow with M. Catherine Bushnell at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. His work focuses on the vulnerability to depression in chronic pain states, as well as the effectiveness of treatment approaches including diet and exercise. A related focus of Dr. Pitcher’s research involves the use of epidemiological approaches to identify and characterize novel sub-groups in the chronic pain population. In addition to his research, Dr. Pitcher has been actively involved in pain advocacy, education and policy through his work with numerous organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the NIH Office of Pain Policy.