Past Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Recipients

2019

Michael Burton
University of Texas at Dallas
Novel Models to Assess Sufficiency of Single Cell Paradigms in CB1R-Analgesia

Meaghan Creed
Washington University in St. Louis
Synaptic Adaptations Underlying Affective Symptoms of Chronic Pain

Peter Grace
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Antibody Receptor Signaling via Astrocytes: A New Pathway for Neuropathic Pain
In conjunction with the Open Philanthropy Project

Jordan McCall
Washington University in St. Louis
Using Persistent Homology to Model and Predict Spontaneous Pain Behavior
In conjunction with the Open Philanthropy Project

Vivianne Tawfik
Stanford University
Engaging Pro-resolution Microglia to Block the Transition to Chronic Pain
In conjunction with the Open Philanthropy Project

2018

Helen C. Lai
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Understanding the Molecular and Developmental Basis of Painlessness

Candice E. Paulsen
Yale University
Uncovering the Regulation of TRPA1 by Irritants, Cofactors, and Proteins

2017

Arkady Khoutorsky
McGill University
Extracellular Matrix-Mediated Spinal Cord Plasticity in Neuropathic Pain

Kyle Baumbauer
University of Kansas Medical Center
Targeting ASIC3 for Disruption of Nociceptor Sensitization following Spinal Cord Injury

2016

Steve Davidson
University of Cincinnati
Thalamo-limbic Circuit Control of Pain

Katherine Hanlon
Presbyterian College
DRG Macrophages: Function and Impact on Nociception

2015

Robert Sorge
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Immune System Modulation of Pain via Diet

Yi Ye
New York University
The Role of Schwann Cells in Neural Invasion and Associated Cancer Pain

2014

Gregory Scherrer
Stanford University
Molecular Mechanisms of Opioid-Induced Analgesia, Tolerance and Hyperalgesia

Tuan Trang
University of Calgary
The Spinal Determinants of Arthritis Pain: Role of Microglia and P2X7 Receptors

2013

Rebecca Seal
University of Pittsburgh
Mechanical Pain Circuits in the Dorsal Horn: A Role of VGLUT3 

Reza Sharif Naeini
McGill University
Role of Parvalbumin Neurons in the Dorsal Horn Pain Circuits 

2012

Sarah Ross
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Investigating the Neural Circuits of Itch and Pain

Michael Jankowski
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Molecular Mechanisms of Muscoloskeletal Pain after Ischemic Tissue Injury 

2011

Edgar Romero-Sandoval
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Spinal Cord Mechanisms in the Resolution of Postoperative Pain 

Yuan-Xiang Tao
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Discovery of a Large Native Non-Coding RNA and Its Involvement in Neuropathic Pain 

2010

Diana Bautista
University of California, Berkeley
Molecular Mechanisms of Somatosensory Mechanotransduction 

Seena Ajit
Drexel University College of Medicine
MicroRNA Regulation and Its Utility as Biomarkers in Neuropathic Pain 

2009

Theodore J. Price
University of Texas at Dallas
Translations Regulation as a Novel Paradigm for Understanding Nociceptor Sensitization and Developing Analgesic Targets 

Steven A. Prescott
University of Toronto
Pain Processing by Neural Networks: A Critical Link between the Molecular and Perceptual Changes