Mission & Goals

The Translational Research Initiative for Pain and Neuropathy at Virginia Commonwealth University is dedicated to bridging the gap between basic science research, clinical research, and management of pain and neuropathy.

Mission

To bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research of pain and neuropathy at VCU with the overarching goal of improved patient care and quality of life

Goals

  • Promote academic collaboration and interaction between basic and clinical researchers
  • Increase the number and quality of multidisciplinary collaborative pain research projects
  • Advance a mechanism- and system-based clinical pain and neuropathy research program
  • Facilitate and encourage clinical trials of new or repurposed medications for pain and neuropathy
  • Advocate for training the next generation of pain and neuropathy researchers

Programs

The TRIPN initiative advances its mission of bridging the gap between basic science and clinical research on pain and neuropathy through the following programs:

Research Meetings

Our monthly research meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM in McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 12th floor conference rooms 12-101 and 102, at 1201 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23298.

Our meetings include:

  • Research Presentation (25-30 minutes) followed by questions and answers
  • Research Update (10-15 minutes) from fellows, students, and junior investigators. These can be informal research updates, case studies, preliminary data, or other updates followed by questions and answers.

Please contact Teri Dulong-Rae by email at teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org to schedule your presentation at our research meetings, specifying whether you would like to give the long format presentation or the brief research update.

View a full schedule of our meetings and speakers: (link coming soon)

Travel Support

The TRIPN initiative provides travel support to meetings for graduate students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows. We will advertise each meeting for which we plan to provide funding on our TRIPN mailing list. To join our mailing list, please email Teri Dulong-Rae at teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org.

Please send all requests for travel funding to Teri Dulong-Rae at teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org (email) with your CV and a brief description of your project and goals for the conference you would like to attend.

News and Updates

Please join our mailing list to receive regular news and updates on pain and neuropathy research at VCU as well as invitations to our monthly research meetings and notifications of research conferences at VCU and other institutions. To join our mailing list, please email Teri Dulong-Rae at teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org.

Pilot Translational Research Grants

More information coming soon!

TRIPN encourages a broad and innovative research portfolio by submitting individual and multi-investigator grants to NIH, private foundations, and industry.

Yearly TRIPN Symposium

Save the date!

TRIPN Symposium

November 5, 2019

Join us for our first annual symposium, a series of lectures and discussions on translational research, pain and neuropathy at Virginia Commonwealth University

For more information, please contact our Administrator, Teri Dulong-Rae

(804) 628-0617 | teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org

Research Meetings

Translational Research Initiative for Pain and Neuropathy (TRIPN) monthly research meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM in McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 12th floor conference rooms 12-101 and 102, at 1201 E Marshall St, Richmond, VA 23298.

Our meetings include:

  • Research Presentation (25-30 minutes) followed by questions and answers
  • Research Update (10-15 minutes) from fellows, students, and junior investigators. These can be informal research updates, case studies, preliminary data, or other updates followed by questions and answers.

Please contact Teri Dulong-Rae by email at teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org to schedule your presentation at our research meetings, specifying whether you would like to give the long format presentation or the brief research update.

Click the panels below to see information about each meeting.

Schedule of Upcoming Meetings

Previous Meetings

News & Updates

Funding Opportunity Announcements:

NIH/NINDS 2019 Pain in Animals Workshop 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 to Thursday, October 3, 2019
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Free; Registration Required
Registration dates: February 4 – September 27, 2019

Cross-Species Measurement of Acute Pain

  • Millions of Americans suffer acute pain every year, and use of naturally occurring models of acute pain in animals could contribute to the translational paradigm, and accelerate the discovery of effective, non-opioid analgesic options. However, to do this successfully, we need to be able to accurately measure acute pain in animals. Additionally, acute pain suffered by all animals is a welfare concern; inadequate pain control can negatively affect the human animal bond; and pain in farm animals may negatively impact the animal’s ability to maintain normal productivity. The cost, time, and practical application of analgesia in food animals also need to be considered in this commercial environment of food production.
  • Measurement of acute pain is central to addressing these issues, and this symposium will focus on the measurement of acute pain across species.

About Us

Dr. Imad DamajLeadership

Imad Damaj, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
m.damaj@vcuhealth.org

 

 

Dr. Egidio Del Fabbro

 

Egidio Del Fabbro, MD 

Palliative Care Endowed Chair and Program Director
egidio.delfabbro@vcuhealth.org

 

 


Administration

Teri Dulong-Rae
Program Manager 
teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org


 Advisory Board

John F. Butterworth, IV, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

William L. Dewey, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Michael S. Donnenberg, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Susan G. Kornstein, MD
Professor and Director of Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry

Aron H. Lichtman, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care

A. Gordon Smith, MD, FAAN
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology

Join our Mailing List

Please join our mailing list to receive regular news and updates on pain and neuropathy research at VCU as well as invitations to our monthly research meetings and notifications of research conferences at VCU and other institutions. To join our mailing list, please email Teri Dulong-Rae at teri.dulongrae@vcuhealth.org.

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