A primary aim of the COBRE is to increase the number of neuroscience investigators at UNE and to build a research community that will sustain a vibrant and competitive research center. As part of this aim, the COBRE funds the research efforts of four talented and innovative investigators leading projects related to pain and sensory function.
The goal of this funding is to provide these investigators with the support necessary to develop their novel research projects to the point where each can be independently funded with its own separate federal grant. To date, three investigators have received independent funding.
Current COBRE Project Leaders
Tamara King, Ph.D.
Bone cancer induces two types of pain, one which is ongoing and generally well-controlled by standard opioid medication and a second which is very severe and breaks through the opioid effects. Dr. King's project is seeking to understanding how these mechanisms differ and their unique components will help to identify novel therapies that can control both types of pain and improve patients' quality of life. View bio
Michael Burman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Burman project tests the hypothesis that neonatal trauma alters the development of a subset of neurons in the amygdala, which can put an individual at increased risk later in life for a variety of conditions such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and chronic pain. View bio
Painful neonatal trauma alters subsequent fear and sensory function via changes in amygdalar CRF function
Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D.
Benjamin Harrison, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Harrison studies the mechanisms of neuron growth. His COBRE project is geared to understand how RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) regulate the growth of pain receptors.
Previous Project Leaders
Ling Cao, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Cao studies the interaction between the immune system and the nervous system, exploring the impact of immune cells on pain stemming from nerve injury. View bio
Interaction between calcitonin-gene-related-peptide and CD40 on CNS glial cells in neuropathic pain
*Received R01 Grant July 2016 and Graduated from the COBRE
Lei Lei, Ph.D.
Dr. Lei studies the development of nociceptive neurons, with a particular focus on the transcription factors regulating the plasticity of these neurons following peripheral nerve injury. View bio