The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function

The UNE Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function (COBRE) was established in 2012 through funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The goal of the center is to make significant contributions to the scientific understanding of the neurobiology of chronic pain, facilitating the discovery and development of novel therapies.

Aims

  1. Create a critical mass of neuroscience researchers necessary to sustain a vibrant and competitive research center. The center supports promising junior scientists, administers a pilot project grant program to fund additional neuroscience projects, and provides start-up funds for the recruitment of new faculty.
  2. Expand UNE’s neuroscience research infrastructure, providing core facilities that allow investigators to carry out cutting-edge research. Two core facilities, the Behavioral Core and the Histology and Imaging Core, provide researchers access to specialized instrumentation and equipment, as well as the training and expertise needed to use it.

Advisory Committees

The center is pleased to enlist the advice and expertise of its Steering Committee and External Advisory Board.  

Steering Committee

Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D., Professor, School of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

Diana Goode, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of  Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Russell Ferland, PhD., Professor and Chair, Department of  Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship

Tamara King, Ph.D., Professor, Department of  Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director of the Behavior Core

Jennifer Malon, M.S., M.P.H., COBRE Program Manager

Ian Meng, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

Derek Molliver, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Director of the Histology and Imaging Core

Christoph Straub, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences,, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kerry Tucker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Assistant Director of the Behavior Core 

External Advisory Committee

Yves De Koninck, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Scientific Director, Quebec Mental Health Institute; Director of Research, Quebec Integrated Health University; Director, Neurophotonics Center, Laval Université, Quebec, Canada

Jon Levine, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco

Diane Lipscombe, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, Director of the Carney Institute for Brain Science, Brown University

Frank Porreca, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology , College of Medicine , University of Arizona

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