Co-Director

Edward Bilsky, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences
Vice President for Research and Scholarship
Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Biomedical Sciences, COM
University of New England

Phone: (207) 602-2707
Email: ebilsky@une.edu

Dr. Edward Bilsky currently serves as the Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England. He received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in 1996, with a concentration in opioid pharmacology, pain and addiction.

As an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado, he received that institution's highest honor, the Faculty Member of the Year in the spring of 2001, for his outstanding teaching, research and service to students. In the fall of 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of New England where he is currently a tenured Professor of Pharmacology and was the founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience.

Dr. Bilsky lectures on a variety of topics related to the neurobiology of pain and pain management to students in the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Professions, Arts and Sciences and Pharmacy.

Dr. Bilsky's laboratory conducts translational research in the areas of pain, addiction and other neurological disorders. He has received over 5 million dollars in extramural funding through a variety of federal, state and private grants and contracts including the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research and biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies. He has published over 65 peer-reviewed publications in leading pharmacology journals, and has presented nationally and internationally in a variety of different venues.

Dr. Bilsky is a co-founder of two small biotechnology companies that are developing novel analgesics and other drugs to help manage opioid side effects. Part of this work has brought a novel opioid antagonist into clinical trials. He was recently awarded the 2011 AOA Research Mentor of the Year Award.