8:30        Breakfast and Poster Setup

9:00        Welcome
Annemieke Kavelaars, MD Anderson, Chair GCC Translational Pain Research Consortium

9:10     Session 1

Convener: Patrick Dougherty, MD Anderson

Exciting Touch: Synaptic Mechanisms of Epithelial-neural Signaling in Mechanosensation
Ellen Lumpkin, Columbia University

9:55       The Role of Opioids in the Development of Pain After SCI
Michelle Hook, Texas A&M Health Science Center

10:15     Antioxidant Carbon Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Pain After SCI
Juan Herrera, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 10:35     Break

10:50     Session 2

Convener: Dorina Papageorgiou, Baylor College of Medicine

Angiotensin Receptor Signaling in Chronic Pain States
Andrew Shepherd, MD Anderson

 11:10     Nociplastic Pain
Jin Mo Chung, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston


11:30     Nociceptor Mechanisms that Drive Ongoing Pain
Terry Walters, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston


11:50     Poster data blitz

Convener: Annemieke Kavelaars, MD Anderson

12:20     Lunch and Poster session

1:40        Session 3

Convener: Jin Mo Chung, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

How does Physical Activity Modulate Pain? Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Implications
Kathleen Sluka, University of Iowa

2:25        Female-specific Meningeal Nociception: Potential Mechanisms for Sex Differences in Migraine
Greg Dussor, University of Texas at Dallas

2:45        Selected Abstracts

Convener: Carmen Dessauer, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Targeting of the MNK-eIF4E Signaling Axis Reverses Prefrontal Cortex Cognitive Dysfunction in Neuropathic Pain
  Stephanie Shiers , University of Texas at Dallas

Mechanisms Inducing Opioid Resistance After Spinal Cord Injury
Anibal Garza Carbajal, University of Texas Health Science Center

The Role of a Nutraceutical Intervention in an Animal Model of Surgical Recovery
 Juan Cata, MD Anderson Cancer Center

The Unexpected Relationship between Pain, Cigarette Smoking, and Negative Affect
Andrew Rogers, University of Houston

Estrogen and Serotonin Interact to Modulate Rodent Trigeminal Sensory Neurons
                Sukhbir Kaur Lulla, Texas Women’s University

3:35        Break

4:00        Keynote: Listening” and “Talking” to Neurons: Non-neuronal Cells Amplify Pain and Drug Reward ~ Pathways from Basic Science to Human and Veterinary Clinical Trials ~
Linda Watkins, University of Colorado, Boulder

5:00        Reception