Translational Pain

Gulf Coast Consortium for Translational Pain Research

Fighting pain and suffering by sharing knowledge about how pain works and driving meaningful therapeutic advances

The mission of the Gulf Coast Consortium for Translational Pain Research (GCC TPR) is to alleviate pain and suffering through innovative research that fosters the translation of basic discoveries about pain mechanisms into therapeutic advances, achieved by promoting scholarly interactions and research collaborations among scientists and clinicians within the gulf coast region.


About the GCC Translational Pain Research

Pain is a very important public health problem, as it is the most common reason for people to seek medical attention. Yet, the treatment of many types of pain, particularly chronic pain, is not satisfactory. Furthermore, chronic pain frequently leads to psychological problems, severely affecting the patients’ quality of life.

Another significant consequence of pain is a severe reduction in productivity which then leads to a huge economic burden on society. The main reason for treatment failure in chronic pain is our incomplete understanding of the mechanisms that cause and/or maintain chronic pain. In addition, there is a need to improve the translation of basic pain research discoveries into clinical advances.
We established the Gulf Coast Consortium for Translational Pain Research (GCC TPR) to promote collaborations between a large number of excellent pain researchers scattered among several different institutions in the Galveston-Houston area. The goals of the GCCL TPR are:

1) Enhance research collaborations between clinical and basic scientists as well as between researchers at different institutions in the Gulf Coast Region, and

2) Provide broadened training opportunities in translational pain research and to encouraging collaborations between basic and clinical scientists.

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GCC Translational Pain Research Leadership

Director

Edgar Walters, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Executive Committee

Patrick M. Dougherty, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Carmen Dessauer, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmcology
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Jin Mo Chung, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Charles S. Cleeland, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Symptom Research
Division of Internal Medicine
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Claire Hulsebosch, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Zhizong Pan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Denise Wilkes, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Shao-Jun Tang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Stacey Gorniak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Human Performance
University of Houston

Badri Roysam, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston

Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Dorina Papageorgiou, Ph.D., M.H.Sc.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Baylor College of Medicine

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