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Chronic Pain Research Consortium

A Collaboration to Study Pain

Pollock and Janjic

The Chronic Pain Research Consortium (CPRC) at Duquesne University is dedicated to addressing the problem of chronic pain by tailoring our multidisciplinary research efforts to the needs of patients and clinicians. The consortium itself is a unique collaborative group of patients, clinicians, and basic scientists.

  • Our combined expertise in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, molecular imaging, neuroscience, and animal behavior promote a dynamic environment to solve the complex challenges of pain management.
  • Our research priorities include cancer pain, involvement of the immune system in pain, and the interaction of stress and pain. For a more complete description of our interests please see the Research Directions page.


Congrats to CRPC faculty members Drs. Benedict Kolber, Kevin Tidgwell, and Michael Cascio along with colleague Dr. Rita Mihailescu who received a $500,000 NIH NINDS R25 SRE grant to fund the Pain and Neurodegnerative Undergraduate Research Experience Programs.

Welcome to our newest CPRC faculty members, Dr. Amy Phelps and Dr. Devika Manickam. You can find out more about them on our People page.

Congrats to undergraduates Abigail Cox (Biology) and Marissa Behun (Biomedical Engineering) who separately won best poster awards at the 2017 Duquesne University Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium!

Dr. Jelena Janjic spoke at the ACWH Congress in Chicago, IL Dec 1-3, 2016.

Welcome to the 2016 PURE Fellows who are coming from around the country to do pain research this summer! Check out details about the PURE program

A peer-reviewed publication about the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) was just accepted in BMC Medical Education.  Thank you to all of our amazing PURE students for the hard work that you do.  Check out the article.

Congrats to undergraduate biology major Abigail Cox who was selected as an American Physiological Society Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2016. Abigail was featured in the TRIB Live "Newsmaker" section.

Congrats to PhD student Katelyn Sadler (lab of Benedict Kolber) who received a 2016 Young Investigators Award from the American Pain Society.

Congrats to our 2nd cohort of Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) summer fellows. 10 students from across the country completed our summer 2015 research experience.   

Consortium members Jelena Janjic (PI), Benedict Kolber (co-I) and John Pollock (co-I) received an NIH Grant ($330,000) for their project "Theranostic pain nanomedicines: Imaging inflammation, reducing pain and need for opioids." The project is funded by the National Institute for Drugs on Abuse (NIDA).

Consortium co-directors Jelena Janjic and John Pollock directed a symposium on Nanomedicine at the 2015 American Pain Society meeting.  

PhD student Katelyn Sadler (Department of Biological Sciences) received an NIH F31 NRSA from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Kate works in the lab of Consortium member Benedict Kolber.  

Consortium members Kevin Tidgewell and Benedict Kolber received an NIH Grant ($394,000) for their project "Cyanobacterial natural products to treat co-morbid pain and depression." The project is funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

The Chronic Pain Research Consortium has been awarded (7/2014) an inaugural "Provost's Interdisciplinary Research Consortia Grant" for FY15-16.  This grant supports research, education, seminars, and travel of consortium members and trainees.  

Consortium Ph.D. student Kiran Vasudeva (Department of Biological Sciences) gave a "Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz" presentation at the 2014 American Pain Society Annual Meeting in Tampa Florida, April 30, 2014.

Study by Consortium co-director's Jelena Janjic and John Pollock featured in the Duquesne University Times.

Consortium co-director John Pollock received an NIH Grant ($1,200,000) for his project "Partnership in Neuroscience Education."
The project will develop related multimedia (Apps, eBooks, & videos) for children and the general public to help strengthen understanding of neuroscience and the biology of the brain including pain as well as how the nervous system learns and remembers. 

Consortium undergraduate student Christopher Ignatz (Department of Biological Sciences) won the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research at the Tri-Beta District Convention 3/29/2014.

Consortium co-director John Pollock (Department of Biological Sciences) is the creator and co-executive producer of the PBS show "Scientastic: Sleep," which debuted on PBS April 6, 2014. The show is supported with a website. Additional learning Apps and eBooks are also in production.  

Consoritum co-directors Jelena Janjic (Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences) and John Pollock (Department of Biological Sciences) co-chaired a symposium at the 2014 McGowen Institute Retreat entitled "Chronic pain and neuroinflammation."  The session included seminars by Janjic, Pollock, Gerald Gebhart Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), and Yoram Vodovotz Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh).

Consoritum member Ben Kolber (Department of Biological Sciences) has been highlighted in the "Member Spotlight" section of the American Pain Society's monthly E-newsletter.

Consortium member Ben Kolber (Department of Biological Sciences) has been elected as the co-chair of the American Pain Society Basic Science Shared Interest Group for a two-year term (2013-2015).

Chronic Pain Research Consortium members Ben Kolber (Department of Biological Sciences) and Kevin Tidgewell (Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences) have been awarded a 2013 Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Grant from the American Pain Society.  

The Chronic Pain Research Consortium has been highlighted in the Chronicle, a quarterly newsletter published by American Chronic Pain Association (pg. 10, March 2012 Issue; see full article).  The American Chronic Pain Association is a patient advocacy group founded in 1980.