Our scientists are frequently honored with awards, appear in publications and more. Some of their most notable achievements and new appointments are listed below.
Recently elected by the members of the Basic Science SIG, American Pain Society (APS) co-chair of this SIG (Special Interest Group at APS). He will serve in this capacity for the next two years. More information about the APS Basic Science SIG could be found here.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. James Eisenach and Dr. Doug Ririe who were recently named to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® database.
Assessment of Behavioral Disruption in Rats with Abdominal Inflammation Using Visual Cue Titration and the Five-choice Serial-reaction Time Task
A new study published in the journal, Anesthesiology, shows abdominal pain disrupts visual attention in rats and finds that this effect can be reversed with analgesics. To investigate the behavioral impacts of pain, a team of researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine Anesthesiology Pain Mechanisms Lab used a recently developed variant of the classical five-choice serial-reaction time task procedure.
The research team included Thomas J. Martin, PhD, James C. Eisenach, MD, Douglas Ririe, MD, PhD, Tracy J. Strassburg, BA, Amanda L. Griff, BA, and Susy Kim, BA.
The article was accepted for publication April 26, 2017.
See video abstract of the paper.
Amie Severino Alexander is now a doctor! Well, she defended her thesis in the Fall of 2016 but came back to Winston-Salem for commencement on a beautiful Spring day in 2017. Her work on the role of spinal oxytocin signaling in regulating the speed of recovery from hypersensitivity after surgery in rodents is important and will stand as an outstanding example of the proper way to examine sex differences in pharmacology of spinal analgesia. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA and enjoying the 13 mile commute by bicycle to work!
James Eisenach, MD, professor of anesthesiology, has received the 2016 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award (MCDAA).
The award acknowledges Eisenach's contributions to the understanding and treatment of pain, his leadership to the academic discipline of anesthesiology, and his training and mentoring of the next generation of physicians and scientists. Eisenach completed a residency in anesthesia at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in 1985 and is currently the vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist.
The MCDAA was established to acknowledge the contributions of Mayo Clinic alumni to the field of medicine.