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Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders

Seminars & Events

All seminars are held on Fridays at 9:00 a.m., in room 5401 Koury Oral Health Sciences Building (KOHS), unless otherwise noted.

FALL 2014 Seminars & Events


September 26

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Mark J. Zylka, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology and UNC Neuroscience Center

"Lipid kinase modulation of nociceptive signaling and sensitization"

SPRING 2014 Seminars & Events


May 9

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD

Research Fellow
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

"Pain and Placebo - From bench to bedside"

March 7

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Richard H. Gracely, MSc,PhD

Professor, Department of Endodontics
Center for Pain Research & Innovation
UNC School of Dentistry

"Neural Programs of Protection, Regulation and Repair"

February 14

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Sharon M. Gordon, DDS, MPH, PhD

Professor & Chair, Department of Foundational Sciences and Associate Dean for Research ECU School of Dental Medicine
Greenville, NC

"Symptoms of TMJD in the Osteoarthritis Initiative Study"

February 7

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Gary D. Slade, BDSc, DDPH, PhD

John W. Stamm Distinguished Professor of Dentistry Department of Dental Ecology & the Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders
UNC-Chapel Hill

"Pressure pain detection thresholds fluctuate with - but do not usefully predict - the course of painful temporomandibular disorder"

January 24

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Dr. Jongbae "Jay" Park,
Dr. Shad Smith,
Dr. Inna Tchivileva

K12 Scholars
Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders

"Vision for Pain Research in 2014"

FALL 2013 Seminars & Events


November 22

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Joe Gitt

Lab Technician
Nackley Lab
UNC-Chapel Hill

"Epiregulin and Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Involvement in Pain"

November 1

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Jongbae "Jay" Park, KMD, PhD, LAc

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Clinical Assistant Professor, Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders
UNC-Chapel Hill
NIH/NIDCR K12 Awardee

"Inflammatory cytokines in acupuncture mechanism for pain regulation and perception of wellbeing of TMD patients"

October 25

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.


Albrecht Molsberger, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Orthopedics and Muskulo-skeletal Disorders at the Center for Integrated Medicine
President, German Medical Scientific Society for Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture, Düsseldorf, Germany
Adjunct Professor, Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders
Ruhr Universität Bochum – Germany

"What healthcare providers should know about headache: Cluster headache - new treatment perspectives instead of suicide"

Thursday, October 24

1:00 - 2:00 P.M.


Albrecht Molsberger, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Orthopedics and Muskulo-skeletal Disorders at the Center for Integrated Medicine
President, German Medical Scientific Society for Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture, Düsseldorf, Germany
Adjunct Professor, Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders
Ruhr Universität Bochum – Germany

"What healthcare providers should know about headache: Migraine, Tension type headache, and Pain in Craniomandibular Dysfunction. How can acupuncture help?"

October 18

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Sandra O'Buckley

Lab Manager
Nackley Lab
UNC-Chapel Hill

"COMT-Dependent Chronic Pain in the Rat"

October 11

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

3615 KOHS

Bomi Oladosu

Graduate Research Assistant
Nackley Lab
UNC-Chapel Hill

"The Implications of MOR-1L in Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia"

September 13

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Kirkland Auditorium

Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, Ph.D.

Director, Bluestone Center for Clinical Research
Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Professor, Department of Physiology & Neuroscience
New York University

"The Neurobiology of Cancer Pain"

September 6

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Daniel Harper

Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Student
Psychology Department
UNC-Chapel Hill

"The Thermal Grill Illusion: New Light on an Old Problem"

SPRING-SUMMER 2013 Seminars & Events


Monday, August 26

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Robert L. Merrill, DDS, MS, FAHS, FAAOP

Clinical Professor and Director, Graduate Orofacial Pain Program
UCLA School of Dentistry

"Basic Orofacial Pain Mechanisms and Headache"

August 16

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

4615 KOHS

William Marzluff, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
UNC Chapel Hill


Corbin Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology & Carolina Center for Genome Sciences
UNC Chapel Hill

"Genomic Technologies Available at UNC: How to use them"

August 9

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Jane Hartung

Graduate Research Assistant
Nackley Lab
UNC-Chapel Hill

"The Contributions of Inflammatory Mediators in Acute COMT-dependent Pain"

June 21

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

LeKisha Edwards Alesii, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Division of Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
UNC-Chapel Hill

"Ethnic Differences in Orofacial Pain: The Role of Psychosocial Factors"

Wednesday, June 5

10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

Peter Svensson, DDS, Ph.D.

Departments of Dentistry and Clinical Oral Physiology
Aarhus University, Denmark

"Cortical plasticity related to training and pain"

May 24

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Daniel Kinnamon, MS, Ph.D.

John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

"Statistical Methods to Address the Challenges Posed by Rare Variants and Missing Genotypes in Case-Control Resequencing Studies"

April 19

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Vanessa E. Miller, MPH.

Doctoral Student, Department of Epidemiology
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill

"Epidemiologic Principles of Pain Phenotypes"

Wednesday, April 17

12:00 - 1:00 P.M.

Olga Vsevolozhskaya, Ph.D.

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

"Combining Functions and the Closure Principle for Performing Follow-Up Tests in Functional Analysis of Variance"

April 12

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Young Truong, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biostatistics
School of Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill

"Independent Component Analysis and Some of Its Recent Developments"

April 5

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Shamil Sunyaev, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Genetics
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

"Computational and Statistical Methods for Sequencing Studies in Mendelian and Complex Trait Genetics"

March 8

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

M. Elizabeth Bennett Ph.D.

Owner/Founder Clarity Consulting, LLC
Raleigh, NC

"Drugs & Medical Devices: From Bench to Clinical Trials to the Patient"

Monday, March 4

1:00 - 2:00 P.M.

Michele Crites-Battie, Ph.D.

Canada Research Chair in Common Spinal Disorders
Department of Physical Therapy
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta, Canada

"Disc degeneration and related spine pathologies: environmental and genetic influences"

February 15

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Andrea Stewart, B.S., Ph.D.

Department of Biology
Duke University
Durham, NC

"Specific regulation of Drosophila dendrite morphology and nocifensive function by microtubule-severing proteins"

January 25

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Pretal Muldoon, B.S., Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

"The role of monoacylglycerol lipase enzyme in nicotine dependence"

January 11

11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Leonardo Kapural, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Director, Carolina's Pain Institute at Brookstown
Professor of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

"Minimally invasive approaches in treatment of lower back pain"

FALL 2012 Seminars & Events

Date TBD - Stay tuned!

Daniel Harper, M.A.

Behavioral Neuroscience Program
UNC Department of Psychology

"High and Low Levels of Pain Processing"

Click for Mr. Harper's bio and list of publications.

October 5

9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.; UNC School of Dentistry

Pei Feng Lim, BDS, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor

Hong Chen, D.D.S., M.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor

UNC School of Dentistry

Temporomandibular Disorder: An Annual Update

Click for brochure. CME credit available (6hrs).

Register here.

Thursday, October 18

8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.; UNC School of Dentistry

Please RSVP by Oct. 12!

William Maixner, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director RCNSD
James D. Beck, Ph.D., Executive Associate Dean
UNC School of Dentistry

Ronald Dubner, D.D.S., Ph.D.
University of Maryland

Jon Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco

Stephen McMahon, Ph.D.
King's College London

Dennis Turk, Ph.D.
University of Washington


Tours of RCNSD; One-on-One meetings



"The Transition from Acute to Persistent Orofacial Pain after Injury"

"Drug Discovery: Lost During Translation"

“Identifying Pain Genes in Human Experimental Pain States”

"Genotyping, Phenotyping, Psychotyping Patients with Chronic Pain: Virtues of Splitting vs. Lumping"

Click for Save-the-Date Flyer and Agenda

November 16

9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Marino Convertino, MSc, Ph.D.

PostDoctoral Fellow
Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Genoa, Italy

"Computer-aided drug design and application in medicinal chemistry"

November 30

Tuan Trang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pharmacology
University of Calgary


Click for a link to Dr. Trang's web page.


SPRING-SUMMER 2012 Seminars & Events


January 28

9:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.; Siena Hotel

William E. Whitehead, Ph.D. and colleagues

UNC School of Medicine

UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders Annual Research Day

Click here for more information.

February 17 Preparation for Dental Research in Review Day

Cortney Winkle (Neely Lab)



Folabomi Oladosu (Neely Lab)



Shad Smith, Ph.D.



Thomas Pardue (Essick Lab)

Abstracts to be presented:

"Catechol-O-Methyltransferase and Stress-dependent Pain Sensitivity in Mast Cell Deficient Mice"

"Increased MOR-1K Expression Levels are Associated with Opioid-induced Hyperalgesia"

"Candidate Gene Association Analysis of Onset TMJD in OPPERA, a Large Population-based Cohort Study"

"Sustained Tolerance of CPAP using MAS Supported Nasal Pillows"

February 29

All Day in locations around the School of Dentistry; see schedule

Asma Khan, B.D.S., Ph.D. and RCNSD colleagues

UNC School of Dentistry

Dental Research in Review Day

Click here for more information.

March 2

Emily Bartley, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Health Psychology Intern, Duke University Medical Center

"Menstrual cycle influences on pain and nociceptive processing."

March 16

9:00 - 10:30 A.M.; 527 Health Sciences Library

Sheng Zhong, D.D.S., M.S.

Department of Endodontics
UNC School of Dentistry

"microRNAs: Novel Players in the Regulation of Endodontic Disease"

April 13

Friday Center

Pei Feng Lim, B.D.S., M.S.

Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders
UNC School of Dentistry

25th Annual Roy B. Harrell Symposium

"Pain Management Secrets...Shh and My Patient has TMD and this is How I Helped Her"

Click here to register.

April 20

Dan Tracey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Anesthesiology, Neurobiology and Cell Biology
Director of Molecular Pain Signaling Laboratory
Duke University Medical Center

"Molecular genetics of nociception and pain in the Drosophila model system."

May 4

Yong Chen, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate
Center for Translational Neuroscience
Duke University

“A critical nociceptive role of Trpv4 in temporomandibular joint inflammation as revealed by bite force measurements in mice.”

May 11

Anne E. Sanders, M.S., Ph.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor
Department of Dental Ecology
School of Dentistry
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Hair Cortisol as a Biomarker of Chronic HPA Axis Response to Stress"

May 25

Max Schweizer

Student Researcher
RCNSD, UNC School of Dentistry

"Reliability Analysis of Quantitative Sensory Testing for Pathways of Vulnerability in the Development of Complex Persistent Pain."

Thursday, May 31

4:00 - 5:00 P.M.; 5615 KOHS

Renée Donahue, M.A.

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

“Pioglitazone decreases thermal hyperalgesia in the Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rat model of Type 2 Painful Diabetic Neuropathy”

June 1

Rm 5615 KOHS (Koury Oral Health Sciences Bldg.)

Gary Slade, BDS, DPH, PhD

Distinguished Professor
Department of Dental Ecology
School of Dentistry
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Role of allostatic load in socio-demographic patterns of pain prevalence in the US population"

June 15

Gary Slade, BDS, DPH, PhD

Distinguished Professor
Department of Dental Ecology
School of Dentistry
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Pre-clinical episodes of orofacial pain symptoms and their association with healthcare behaviors in the OPPERA prospective cohort study."
June 29

Tim Carey, M.D., M.P.H.

Sheps Center Director
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor
Departments of Medicine and Social Medicine
UNC School of Medicine

“What’s in a Name?  Pain Clinics and Chronic Low Back Pain.”

Click here for a link to Dr. Carey's web page.

July 11 (Wed)

12:00 p.m., Room 5401 KOHS

Greg Neely, Ph.D.

Pain Research Group
Neuroscience Program
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Victoria, Australia

"Functional Genomics Approaches to Identify Novel Human Disease Genes."

Click here for a link to Dr. Neely's web page.

August 3

Kimon Divaris, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry
UNC School of Dentistry

“Update on Human Genome-wide Association Studies: Principles, Methods, Implications & Applications in Oral Health Research”


Last Modified: 04/18/2012