Collaborate across disciplines to spark innovations in pain management

The UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief presented this free, virtual symposium from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time March 3, 2021. 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, showcased 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. 
Held virtually via Zoom

The symposium featured a collaborative research panel and a series of 5-minute lightning talks. With this event, the center launched the UC Davis 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.


Welcome and introduction

  • Scott Fishman, M.D.
  • David Copenhaver, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

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

  • Ian Koebner, Ph.D., MS.c., M.A.O.M., LA.c., UC Davis Division of Pain Medicine
  • Houghton Kinsman, Crocker Art Museum

Facial recognition to identify pain in animals

  • Jamie Peyton, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.E.E.C., UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Maheen Rashid, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Davis Department of Computer Science

Lightning talk session I

The tension between religious belief and patient care

  • Lisa Ikemoto, J.D., L.L.M., School of Law

Detecting opioid metabolites in breath

  • Eva Borras, Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Using simulation for medication assisted treatment training

  • Deb Bakerjian, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., F.A.A.N.P., F.G.S.A., Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

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

  • Mark Mascal, Ph.D., Chemistry

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

  • Mackenzie Whipps, Ph.D. C.L.C., Human Ecology

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

  • Stephen Henry, M.D., MS.c., School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Suffering, Christianity and medical technology

  • Meaghan O’Keefe, Ph.D., Religious Studies

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

  • Jon Sack, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Physiology and Membrane Biology

Adverse childhood experiences and inflammation

  • Camelia Hostinar, Ph.D., Psychology

Development of opioid drugs with reduced abuse liability

  • Jennifer Whistler, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Physiology and Membrane Biology, Center for Neuroscience

Cannabis and hemp research at UC Davis

  • Cameron Carter, M.D., Psychiatry and Psychology

Cannabis and Hemp Research Center

  • Li Tian, Ph.D., 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

  • Peter Torres, M.A., Linguistics

Endogenous modulation of itch and pain

  • Earl Carstens, Ph.D., Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

 Civil commitment and the opioid crisis

  • Jasmine Harris, J.D., School of Law

Using virtual reality to reduce pain

  • Jorge Peña, Ph.D., Communication

 Using biomaterials to treat arthritis

  • Jamal Lewis, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering

Do we feed our brain to reduce pain?

  • Bruce Watkins, Ph.D., Nutrition

Imaging dynamics of neuromodulator and peptides in living animals

  • Lin Tian, Ph.D., School of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Pharmacodynamic studies of opioids for avian pain relief

  • Joanne Paul-Murphy, D.V.M., School of Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Epidemiology

Osteoarthritis, pain and mindfulness for pain reduction

  • Barton Wise, M.D., MS.c., F.A.C.P., School of Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine, Center for Musculoskeletal Health

Restorative justice for alleviating the trauma of crime

  • Mary Louise Frampton, J.D., School of Law

Inhibiting the soluble epoxide hydrolase to reduce pain

  • Karen Wagner, Ph.D., Entomology