Graduate student Mallory Perry receives ENRS Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Mallory Perry, BSN, RN, a School of Nursing PhD student, who has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the ENRS/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Dissertation Award.  The award will be presented at the ENRS 30th Annual Scientific Sessions Anniversary Celebration Reception in Newark, NJ.  Ms. Perry will receive $5,000 of funding in support of her research project, Assessing the Management of Pediatric Postoperative Pain with Genetics.  Through this study Ms. Perry aims to examine: (1) relationships among pre-surgical behavioral, sociocultural and environmental factors, peripheral and central sensitivity measured by quantitative sensory testing, and mRNA expression levels of candidate pain sensitivity genes; (2) differential expression of pain sensitivity genes between adolescents who develop persistent post-surgical pain and those who do not; and (3) the influence of behavioral, sociocultural and environmental factors, postsurgical peripheral and central pain sensitivity, and mRNA expression of pain sensitivity genes on pain severity and interference over the postsurgical period.

CAMP Director Dr. Xiaomei Cong awarded $2.4 million grant

Congratulations to Dr. Xiaomei Cong, PhD, RN, who has been awarded a four year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research based on her R01 proposal titled Multi-Omics Analysis of Pain/Stress Impact on Neurodevelopment in Preterm Infants. Dr. Cong is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Center for Advancement in Managing Pain (CAMP). The study will be implemented with UConn Co-Investigators Erin E. Young, Jacqueline McGrath, Angela Starkweather, Joerg Graf, Jill Wegryzn and Ming-Hui Chen. The project includes sub-awards with the University of Connecticut Health Center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. The goals of the project are to examine: 1) linkages between cumulative pain/stress experiences in the NICU and infant gut microbiome and neurodevelopment; 2) interactions among gut microbiome, host genetic variation and early life pain/stressors that contribute to neurodevelopmental outcomes, controlling for other infant factors; and 3) the impact of different levels of pain/stress experiences on the gut microbiome and neurodevelopment and other growth parameters using twin-pairs.

Dr. Kyle Baumbauer receives prestigious Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Research

Congratulations to Kyle M. Baumbauer, PhD, who has received the 2017 Award in Pain from the Rita Allen Foundation and the American Pain Society for his grant application, Targeting ASIC3 for disruption of nociceptor sensitization following spinal cord injury.  Dr. Baumbauer is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the UConn School of Nursing and Department of Neuroscience.  The Rita Allen Award in Pain is a prestigious national award given to early career scientists in the field of pain research.  Dr. Baumbauer’s project was chosen for three years of funding and a total of $150,000.  The award letter noted that the competition this year was particularly intense.  Dr. Baumbauer will be recognized at the upcoming American Pain Society Annual Meeting President’s Reception in Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m.

His project is focused on examining a novel role for Acid Sensing Ion Channel Subunit 3 (ASIC3) in the initiation and maintenance of nociceptor sensitization following spinal cord injury (SCI).  The project capitalizes on the unique skills of his team, as one of the few in the country that can perform analysis of gene expression and electrophysiologically characterized nociceptors.  Dr. Baumbauer’s laboratory is also one of few that examines the role of peripheral nociceptive neurons in the generation of pain following SCI.  The proposed work is critical for our understanding of the nature of pain following spinal cord injury, in particular, and central nervous system insult, in general.  With respect to SCI, the identification of a specific gene that can be targeted at the time of SCI would be a groundbreaking discovery that could revolutionize care for the spinally injured, as well as patient quality of life.

P20 team members will be offering spring workshops

Please save time in your upcoming calendar for REDCap training and a primer to Genetics and Statistics presented by the CAPPS-M P20 team members in the School of Nursing.

The RedCap training will be held in room 215 on Friday April 14th, 2017 from 8:30-10am; we will have a follow-up training to explore data input issues after attendees have had a chance to use this valuable web application in room 215 on Friday April 28th, 2017 from 8:30-10am.

 May 24th, 2017 8am-4pm we will be in the Engineering Learning Center Classroom in Engineering Building ll, room 305.

The morning will include a Genetics Primer presented by Dr. YoungTopics will include what you need to know about Genomics to add genetic variables to your research.A preliminary discussion of genetic analyses will also be included.

The afternoon will include a hands-on statistics presentation primarily by Dr. WalshTopics will include statistical analyses using SPSS as well as Data Management.

Dr. Ramesh and her WVU colleague Dr. Steve Kinsey talk about current evidence of marijuana’s medical benefits

mj_bottleCurrently 25 states and the District of Columbia have medical cannabis programs. On Nov. 8, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota will vote on medical cannabis ballot initiatives, while Montana will vote on repealing limitations in its existing law.Despite claims that cannabis or its extracts relieve all sorts of maladies, the research has been sparse and the results mixed. At the moment, we just don’t know enough about cannabis or its elements to judge how effective it is as a medicine.What does the available research suggest about medical cannabis, and why do we know so little about it?

Read the full article on the Conversation and UCONN Today

Dr. Lucas receives award in Washington

Dr. Ruth Lucas and Undergraduate Honors Student and University Scholar, Victoria Sylvestre, at the Council for Advancement in Nursing Science in Washington D.C. Dr. Lucas won an award for her outstanding research – way to go Dr. Lucas and Victoria!