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University of Maryland, Baltimore
Southern Management Corporation Campus Center
621 W. Lombard St, Elm Ballroom
Baltimore  Maryland  21201
United States
9:00am to 1:00pm


It is well recognized that chronic pain conditions co-occur in much greater frequency than would be expected by chance association.  Recently, more attention has been directed to exploring the basis for such comorbidities, rather than just focusing on individual pain conditions.  Both basic and clinical scientific work indicates that stress plays an important role in chronic pain development and persistence.  Recent work suggests that it may have a particular role in establishing multiple pain conditions.  This symposium will explore the current research and thought on this topic, and envision the likely future directions for research and clinical care.

Roger B. Fillingim, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Director
The Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence
University of Florida
“Stress and Pain: Reciprocal Relationships”

Richard J. Traub, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Neural and Pain Sciences
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
“Can Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions Be Modeled in Animals?”

John F. Cryan, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
University College Cork, Ireland
“Microbiome: A Key Regulator of Visceral Pain”​

Margaret M. Heitkemper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Chair
Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics
University of Washington School of Nursing
“Irritable Bowel Syndrome: More than a Gut Feeling”

Simon Akerman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neural and Pain Sciences
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

David Shurtleff, PhD
Acting Director
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH

Rita J. Valentino, PhD
Division of Neuroscience and Behavior
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH