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Benjamin Land, PhD, Department of Pharmacology “Targeting reactive oxygen species to enhance opiate analgesic action” Amount of award: $50,000

Cornelius Groenewald, MB ChB, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine “Ecological momentary assessment of adolescent opioid use” Amount of award: $50,000


Flavia Kapos, PhD Candidate, Department of Epidemiology, “Social and Contextual Determinants of Chronic Pain in the US: Investigating the Roles of Neighborhood Characteristics and Healthcare Policy” Amount of award: $49,992

Ajay Dhaka, PhD Department of Biological Structure, “Validation of novel analgesic compounds for drug development” Amount of award: $50,000


Sean Rundell, DPT, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, “A new approach to classifying and predicting long-term bothersome pain and functional decline in older adults”, Amount of award: $49,954

Sumeia Werfalli, PhD Candidate, Department of Oral Health Sciences,“Salivary mucins in patients with burning mouth syndrome”, Amount of award: $41,290 


See Wan Tham, MBBS, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, “Impact of sleep restriction on pain and autonomic function in children with abdominal pain”, Amount of award: $50,000

Benjamin Land, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, “How Does Tolerance Affect Consumption of Edible Marijuana Products for the Self-Medication of Chronic Pain?”, $50,000


Circuitry of TRPV1 and TRPM8 pathways in the spinal cord and brain, Robyn Laing, PhD, Senior Fellow, Biological Structure, $50,000

Development of an internet-delivered psychosocial intervention to improve postsurgical pain and health outcomes in youth having major surgery, Jennifer Rabbitts, M.B., Ch.B, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, $50,000


Acute Inflammatory-Induced Hyperalgesia: Establishing the Cornea as a Live Tissue Model for Drug Discovery, Leslyann Schecterson, PhD, Acting Instructor, Physiology & Biophysics, $50,000

Exercise + CBT to Improve Pain, Fatigue, and Walking Energetics in Older Adults, Kushang Patel, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, $49,988


Modeling Pain: Zebrafish Behavioral Profiling, Linking Drugs to Biological Targets Required for Nociception, Ajay Dhaka, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biological Structure, $50,000