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.

Tamara King, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Dr. King's project looks at disease-induced bone and joint pain using preclinical models of osteoarthritis. Studies with these models include the analysis  of pathological changes in relation to pain, as well as the potential effects of treatment on disease and pain. 
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Peripheral mechanisms of cancer-induced ongoing and breakthrough pain

Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D. 

Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Ganter uses genome-wide screens in the fruit fly, Drosophila Melanogaster, to identify novel genes involved in perception of noxious stimuli. View bio

Project Title

Genes involved in antinociception in Drosophila Melanogaster

Michael Burman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the 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