Pain Research Challenge
Coming in 2018, another Pain Research Challenge funding opportunity! Stay tuned as more details will be provided.
Spring 2017 Award Winners:
Kappa Antagonists to Treat Pain - $75,000 Award Winner
- Brief Description: Since KOR signaling is pronociceptive and aversive, we hypothesize that KOR antagonists may reduce both the aversive as well as the nociceptive components of pain.
- Team Members: Benedict Kolber, PhD, Edita Navratilova, PhD, Volker Neugebauer, MD, PhD, Frank Porreca, PhD, Sarah Ross, PhD
Team Walking - $75,000 Award Winner
- Brief Description: We are combining two known analgesic interventions (exercise & meditation) in a novel interaction study to treat patients with chronic pain.
- Team Members: Eric Helm, MD, Benedict Kobler, PhD, Matthew Kostek, PhD, Natalia Morone, MD, MS, Kim Szucs, PhD
COPE (Coaching Pain and PTSD Elimination) - $40,000 Award Winner
- Brief Description: Posttraumatic stress symptoms are a robust contributor to the transition from acute to chronic post-injury pain. Early psychological intervention (PTSD Coach app) may serve to reduce chronic pain.
- Team Members: Cliff Callaway, MD, PhD, Anne Germaine, PhD, Eric Kuhn, PhD, Maria Pacella, PhD, Brian Suffoletto, MD, MS
SADPain - $40,000 Award Winner
- Brief Description: By studying local access to medical marijuana in California, we will determine how a safer alternative may curb the skyrocketing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.
- Team Members: Bridget Freisthler, PhD, Christina Mair, PhD
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with the American Pain Society, are soliciting applications to the Pain Research Challenge.
Awards will be funded by the Virginia Kaufman Endowment Fund and CTSI. Research solutions can address the dynamics of pain, causes and alleviation of pain, and treatment to prevent and/or mitigate pain.
Special preference will be given to project areas emphasized in the endowment including pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia, cancer, or arthritis.
Solutions should address a specific problem in the area(s) of pain including mechanism, treatments, modalities and impacts of acute and chronic pain.
Pain can include both physiological and psychological factors.
While individuals are welcome to apply, university partnerships or cross-disciplinary teams are encouraged.
Teams with connections among other universities and community organizations are highly encouraged.
At least one team member must be a University of Pittsburgh faculty member.
Two awards of $75,000 for a total award amount of $150,000.
Winners of the Pain Research Challenge were announced at a reception following the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (see below for details) in downtown Pittsburgh during the evening of May 18th, 2017.
- A statement of the problem in 30 words or less
- A letter of intent (300 word limit)
- A description of the problem
- Your approach to the problem
- Identify who is working on the project (If applicable, include your external collaboration here)
Letters of intent will be circulated to a panel of judges and may be circulated publicly. Letters of intent should not include proprietary information.
- A budget on form PHS 398 and a single page budget justification
- If your project is a multiple university collaboration, you must allocate at least $25,000 of the award to the Non-Pitt University. There is no indirect support provided with this award.
- 7 minute slide presentation consisting of the following:
- Project title
- Problem statement/Significance
- Solution description/Aims
- Include the current stage of development of the solution (eg. any preliminary data).
- Include other funding sources you have access to that will aid in the development of the solution.
- Team introduction (include name, affiliation, discipline/department for each team member)
- A file of the slides (eg. PowerPoint) with a voice recording is required.
- Presentations should not exceed 20 slides
- Presentations should not be more than 7 minutes long
The mission of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh is to improve the efficiency with which biomedical advances translate to improvements in the health of the community. CTSI is transforming the process of clinical and translational research through the provision of research and educational resources, thus training and enabling scientists to generate and translate new biomedical knowledge.
One of the goals of CTSI is to encourage collaboration and creativity to produce novel research ideas. To encourage creativity and lower barriers to entry we are utilizing non-traditional application mechanisms to award projects funding. To learn more about CTSI, visit www.ctsi.pitt.edu.
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