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Date:2/16/2008

h interindividual variability, including the propensity to develop chronically painful pathologies after injury or infection. Genetic-linkage mapping efforts in mice and targeted genetic association studies in humans are beginning to identify the genes underlying much of the variability noted in these traits.

In our laboratory, we have recently uncovered a number of genes associated with thermal and inflammatory nociception, explains Mogil. These efforts may lead to new clinical treatments for pain or facilitate the patient-centered, individualized treatment of pain using current pharmaceuticals. In addition, we are now paying greater attention to the identification of environmental factors that affect pain behavior in mice. We have recently observed modulation of pain in mice by purely social factors. These data can be interpreted as providing evidence for the existence of empathy for pain in this subprimate species.

The 24th annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine offers a selection of educational opportunities in pain medicine. Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend the meeting.

The AAPM annual meeting is a gathering of pain medicine experts from across the country who spend three days together sharing information about the latest research, patient care, and regulatory issues that affect the practice of pain medicine, says Dr. Sitzman.


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