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UNE’s Glenn Stevenson serves on NIH grant review panel

Stevenson and undergraduate research students (L-R) Philomena Richard, Sarah Couture, Emily Payne
Stevenson and undergraduate research students (L-R) Philomena Richard, Sarah Couture, Emily Payne

March 02, 2018

Glenn W. Stevenson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and program coordinator for the Neuroscience major, was recently invited to join the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant review panel for Integrative, Functional and Cognitive Neuroscience: Somatosensory and Pain Systems (SPS) for their February review session, held in Long Beach, California, February 15-16. The SPS Study Section is a panel of expert scientists that review research on the genetic, molecular, cellular, circuitry, anatomy and physiology of pain and pathology due to injury or disease in animals and humans.

“It was a real honor to sit on panel with experts in the field,” said Stevenson. “These are the folks that do no teaching but instead focus solely on research at large universities in Boston, New York, Chicago, L.A., and elsewhere. Several of my mentors and collaborators are permanent members of this panel, and to witness first-hand the dedication, care and thoughtfulness that goes into grant review was inspiring on so many levels. It was also exciting to have a role in setting the direction of neuroscience research in the United States for the next three to five years.”

Stevenson’s undergraduate research lab is currently funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH-NIAMS). His research focuses on drug development and medications evaluation, exercise-pain-cognition interactions, in vivo receptor interactions, and he currently is exploring gut-microbiome-brain axis involvement in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

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