Translational Pain Research

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.

Please join us for the 2017 Translational Pain Research Conference, Friday, April 7, BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St., Houston.  More information


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

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

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

Jin Mo Chung, Ph.D.
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

Therese Kosten, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Psychology
University of Houston

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

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

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

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

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

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