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UW Pain Research Group
University of Washington Medical Center

The University of Washington has a long and distinguished history in pain research. Under the leadership of Dr. John Bonica, UW Medicine launched the world’s first pain clinic in 1961, organized around a novel, multi-disciplinary approach to treating pain. Leaders in pain research are represented in multiple UW departments and schools (e.g., Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Social Work) comprising a broad interdisciplinary group of professionals committed to the relief of pain and suffering.

Recently, under the direction of Dr. Tonya Palermo a new UW Pain Research Group was initiated. The group meets monthly to present research, share ideas and educational opportunities, develop new collaborations, and to discuss funding opportunities, new methodologies, and data sharing opportunities. The mission of the group is to support an interdisciplinary pain research community at the University of Washington. We have a distribution list of approximately 130 pain investigators within the UW system.

Upcoming Events

Dear Colleagues,

Hope that everyone had a terrific summer. As we are moving into fall, we will resume our UW Pain Research Group monthly meetings. I’d like to invite you to join us to network with pain research colleagues from around campus and to learn about ongoing research. Meetings will alternate between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at UW and Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH). The schedule is below:

September 21, 2016;  2-3 pm

SCH, MAIN OB.5.430

October 25, 2016;  2-3 pm

UW, BB1602

November 16, 2016; 2-3 pm

SCH, MAIN OB.5.430

December 13, 2016; 2-3 pm

UW, BB1444

January 18, 2017; 2-3 pm

SCH, MAIN OB.5.430

February 14, 2017; 2-3 pm

UW, BB1444

March 15, 2017; 2-3 pm

SCH, MAIN OB.5.430

April 18, 2017; 2-3 pm

UW, BB1444

May 23, 2017; 2-3 pm

NJB 1407

June 21, 2017; 2-3 pm

SCH, MAIN OB.5.430

On September 21st I will kick off the academic year with a review of my work on the Federal Pain Research Strategy chronic pain working group.

We will send out announcements with details on the presenters and topics scheduled for each of these meetings. When we have external visitors to UW whose research might be of interest to the group we may adjust some meeting dates/times to accommodate these guests.

If you have any questions or if you have had new faculty or postdocs join your group and would like to have them added to the distribution list, please let me know at

Archived Events


May 18th 3:00-4:30pm at 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, E132 A&B; Presenter: Kushang Patel, PhD, Title: “Chronic Pain and Aging: Opportunities to Translate Epidemiologic Findings for Healthy Aging”.

April 18th 3:00-3:50pm, Location: T-663; Presenter TBD

March 9th 3:00-4:30pm at 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, E132 A&B, Presenter: Dawn Ehde, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Title: "Lessons Learned from a Clinical Trial of Collaborative Care for Pain & Depression funded by PCORI"

February 12th from 8:00–9:30am at 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, E132 A&B, Presenter: Emily Law, PhD, Title: Work in progress: Applying innovative methods to evaluate individual components of pain rehabilitation treatment

January 13th
from 3:00pm-4:30pm at 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, E132 A&B with guest speaker Janna Friedly, M.D., Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Topic: “Pragmatic trials and stepped wedge designs: the Lumbar Imaging with Reporting of Epidemiology (LIRE) trial.”


December 2nd from 8:00am-9:00am at UWMC Rm T-635 with guest speaker Gerald Gebhart, PhD.

December 1st Reminder: 30th Annual Bonica lecture with Gerald Gebhart, PhD will be on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5:00pm at the Univ. of Washington Health Science Building, T-739. He will be lecturing on “Gut Feelings; The Inside Story”. Objectives: 1. Appreciate the complexities of the visceral innervation and the basis for referred sensation; 2. Understand the contribution of afferent drive to chronic viscera pain conditions; 3. Discuss knowledgeably the physiology and anatomy of visceral pain.

November 18th from 3:00pm-4:30pm at 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, #357 (Family Medicine Research Section Conference room located on 3rd floor). Topic: “Innovative trial methodology in pain: The stepped wedge design”, presenter Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN.

October 23rd from 8:00am-9:30am at 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, #357 (Family Medicine Research Section Conference room located on 3rd floor). Agenda: Scheduling topics for new academic year; Discussing new and planned research; Introduction of new colleagues.

September 23rd from 3:00-4:30pm at 4245 Roosevelt, E132 A&B. Topic: "Update on Current UW Pain Research (Open Discussion)."

May 29th from 8 – 9:30 at 4245 Roosevelt, E132. Topic: “Open discussion about updates from the American Pain Society Annual meeting”.

April 22nd from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at UWMC Rm T-530. Topic: “Persistent Postoperative Pain” (Readings: PDF1 | PDF2), discussants Ivan Lesnik, MD and Jennifer Rabbitts, MB, ChB.

March 25th from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at UWMC Rm T-478. Informal discussion with Chris Main, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology (PDF), Keele University (UK), following his presentation for Anesthesiology grand rounds which is entitled "Low Back Pain, from orthopedics to stratified care: A painful journey.”

February 11th
from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at UWMC T-530. “Assessment of Sleep in Pain Populations”, presenters Flavia Consens, MD, Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology and Teresa Ward, PhD, RN., Associate Professor, Family and Child Nursing (PDF) (PDF).

January 16th from 8 – 9:30 a.m. at 4245 Roosevelt, E132. Topic: SMART designs for the development of adaptive interventions. Journal club. Discussion leaders: Rona Levy, M.S.W., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Tonya Palermo, PhD. Articles: Levy - SMART (PDF); Sherwood (PDF); Collins et. al - SMART (PDF); Morin et. al - CBT Medication Insomnia Trial (PDF)


December 17, 7:30am-9:00am at UWMC, RR-110. Interdisciplinary Management of Pediatric and Adult Patients with Chronic Pain – When Pills, Potions, & Procedures are Inadequate. Presenters: Dennis Turk, PhD (PDF) and Emily Law, PhD (PDF)

November 14, 8:00-9:30am at 4225 Roosevelt Way, 3rd Floor Family Medicine Conference room (#357). Topic: Patient registries. Presenters: Brian Theodore, PhD (PDF) and Ivan Lesnik, MD (PDF)

September 5, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m., 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, Conference Room E 132 A. Kickoff meeting to develop an ongoing forum to foster UW collaboration on pain research.

UW Pain Research Group
University of Washington, Box 359300
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle WA, 98195-6410

Questions? Contact Tonya Palermo at :

Logistics questions or to join the UW Pain Research Group list serv: Contact Stephanie Kreuter at