Invited talk on Explorations in Pain Research: From Bench to Bedside and back to the Bench by Professor Srinivasa N. Raja

Start Date: July 18, 2017
End Date: October 30, 2017

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Professor Srinivasa N. Raja, Director of Pain Research, Division of Pain Medicine at Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Professor at Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has visited the NIPER-Ahmedabad campus onMonday, July 17th, 2017. He has visited NIPER-Ahmedabad as a part of his ongoing collaborative research project with afaculty member of NIPER-Ahmedabad. During his NIPER-A visit, he gave a very intriguing talk on "Explorations in Pain Research: From Bench to Bedside and back to the Bench" to students and faculty members. Apart from discussing on scientific aspects of pain research he also highlighted the importance of team work in research. He also mentioned that students should not be discouraged with failures and should try to find out their answers from failed experiments as well which sometimes may lead to highly novel directions. He also mentioned that only reading literature is not enough, as a researcher, we should try to find out the gaps in existing literature whichare a key to discoveries. During his talk, he shared data from his previous and currently ongoing studies at Johns Hopkins where hediscussed theuse of HSV virus for the over-expression of mu-opioid receptors in DRGneurons, wind up phenomenon and role of central sensitization in development and maintenance of chronic neuropathic pain. He alsodiscussed the current ongoing research on new devices to stimulate the spinal cord dorsal hornneurons for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Prof. Raja was very happy to see the research facilities and growing advancedequipment at NIPER-Ahmedabad and appreciated the efforts by Director-NIPER-Ahmedabad, Prof. Kiran Kalia in building the institutefrom scratch. He expressed his satisfaction regarding thesuccess of the institutein a short span of time.

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