Bangor Daily News story draws on UNE's Interprofessional Education Symposium for story on chronic pain

April 20, 2013

The Bangor Daily News published an April 18, 2013 story on chronic pain, drawing in part on UNE's Spring Interprofessional Education Symposium, "The Science of Pain and the Art of Healing," that was held on April 4th.

The story quotes Paula Orecklin, 25, of Winnipeg, Canada, who spoke at the symposium about how she has suffered with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome since age 13, when a twisted ankle quickly devolved into a nightmare of agony and revolving doctor’s offices.

The story also mentions UNE's recent $10 million award from the National Institutes of Health to fund the UNE Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function.

Ed Bilsky, Ph.D., UNE associate provost for research and scholarship and director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences, is also quoted, describing the symposium as only part of what UNE is doing to transform the nature of pain treatment education.

"We have created much of the content needed to highlight chronic pain as one of the most serious health issues facing the country," he said. "With fresh perspectives I think we are making huge progress in better educating future health professionals as well as making positive impacts on the communities we live in, and the state of Maine."  Read the entire story.

The symposium was coordinated by the UNE Westbrook College of Health Professions' InterProfessional Education Collaborative: Shelley Cohen Konrad, Ph.D., director, and Kris Hall, program coordinator.