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Pain: Aligning the Target (J7)


Organizer(s) Laura M. Bohn, William K. Schmidt and Allan I. Basbaum
February 2—5, 2020
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Oct 17, 2019
Abstract Deadline: Nov 22, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 17, 2019
Discounted Registration Deadline: Dec 4, 2019

Sponsored by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated


Summary of Meeting:
The Keystone Symposia on Pain: Aligning the Target will bring together researchers from diverse disciplines to examine the complex problem of pain and to shed light on mechanistic underpinnings and molecular approaches towards treatment. Topics will range from understanding neurotransmission and the anatomy of pain, structural features of molecular targets for modulating pain, and novel approaches, including drug development, optogenetic and genetic approaches to controlling pain. Most conferences on pain discuss pain management (clinical focus), neuroanatomical transmission of pain (neuroscience), or the mechanism by which analgesics/anesthetics work with a focus on particular molecular targets (pharmacology). Our goal is to bring these disciplines together to aid in a more efficient design of preclinical studies and drug development by educating each other in the individual challenges and offerings of our disciplines. Ultimately, this conference should inspire researchers from diverse backgrounds to examine this fundamental health problem via many new angles. Importantly, researchers that focus on the neurocircuitry and cause of pain and those that focus on drug development for the treatment of pain generally, are not often attending the same conferences. Finally, the pairing of this conference with the conference on Somatosensation: from Detection to Perception, which will focus more on the neurobiology of pain sensation, will allow participants to intermingle at poster sessions and dinners, enabling the cross-fostering of ideas. Collectively, these events will provide a forum for the convergence of insights into the diverse causes of pain and the approaches to treatment.

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Scholarships/Awards


Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients


Michael D. Burton
University of Texas at Dallas, USA

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Scholarship Recipients


Alejandra Escudero Lara
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Dustin Green
Johns Hopkins, USA

Vikramsingh Gujar
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, USA

Imran Jamal
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

Mark Landy
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Jae Seung Lee
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Jonathan Israel Mercado-Reyes
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Lise Rabiller
STROMALab, France

Scott A. Scarneo
Duke University School of Medicine, USA

Evangelia Semizoglou
King's College London, UK

Olivia Uddin
University of Maryland Baltimore, USA