Collaborative across disciplines to spark innovations in pain management

The UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief presents this free, virtual symposium from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time March 3. The event is designed to help break down silos across UC Davis and stimulate collaborative research. Scholars from throughout the university, including the UC Davis Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the Colleges of Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering and Letters and Sciences, will showcase the diverse work underway in disparate areas of our university that directly and indirectly inform and advance our understanding and treatment of pain.

Event details

March 3, 2021
8 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
Zoom (Zoom links will be emailed the week of the symposium)

The symposium features a collaborative research panel and a series of 5-minute lightning talks.

With this event, the center launches the Center for Advancing Pain Relief Seed Grant Program, which provides three or more $25,000 grants for a year of research and a position paper.

For questions or to register, please contact Christy Chung at


Collaborative research panel
Museum-based experiences to reduce social disconnection and pain

Facial recognition to identify pain in animals

Lightning talk session I

The tension between religious belief and patient care

Detecting opioid metabolites in breath

Using simulation for medication assisted treatment training

The development of dihydrocannabidiol (H2CBD) as a safer and more effective alternative to CBD

Postpartum and breastfeeding pain: exploring the role of medical racism and maternal mental health during COVID-19

Can we improve pain management by improving patient-clinician communication?

Suffering, Christianity and medical technology

Seeing pain: molecular strategies to locate nociceptive electrical signals in sensory neurons

  • Jon Sack, PhD, School of Medicine, Physiology and Membrane Biology

Adverse childhood experiences and inflammation

Development of opioid drugs with reduced abuse liability

Cannabis and hemp research at UC Davis

Cannabis and Hemp Research Center

  • Li Tian, PhD, Plant Sciences, Cannabis and Hemp Research Center

Lightning talk session II and closing remarks

Analyzing the language of California opioid policies: using ambiguity to clarify the state's prevention and diversion efforts

Endogenous modulation of itch and pain

 Civil commitment and the opioid crisis

Using virtual reality to reduce pain

 Using biomaterials to treat arthritis

Do we feed our brain to reduce pain?

Imaging dynamics of neuromodulator and peptides in living animals

  • Lin Tian, PhD, School of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Pharmacodynamic studies of opioids for avian pain relief

Osteoarthritis, pain and mindfulness for pain reduction

Restorative justice for alleviating the trauma of crime

Inhibiting the soluble epoxide hydrolase to reduce pain