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The Neurosurgery Pain Research Grant Fund has been established to support members of the Johns Hopkins neurosurgery faculty in their research to better understand, treat and prevent pain by the provision of one year grants. Award recipients and a summary of their respective studies are:

Fred Lenz
Basic and Clinical Studies of Cortical Stimulation Sites for Treatment of Pain
Studies the potential of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as an efficacious treatment for acute pain, such as post-operative pain.

Matthias Ringkamp
Contribution of Different Sodium Channel Isoforms to Excitability and Conduction in Nociceptive Primary Afferent Neurons of Non-human Primates
Examine NaV channel isoforms expressed along the neuronal membrane of nociceptive neurons to further development of improved strategies for treating pain in humans.

William Stanley Anderson
Active Modeling of Spinal Cord Stimulation
Provide quantitative information on spinal cord stimulation effects on spatiotemporal properties of dorsal column activity, and to identify efficacious alterations.

Allan Belzberg
Pain Related Genes in Schwannomatosis
Identify and characterize genes and proteins involved in schwannoma related pain, providing directions for developing new methods of pain treatment.

Fred Lenz
Cortical Stimulation Sites and Pain Treatment Study
Examine the possibility that trans cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) could be effective for the treatment of acute pain, such as post-operative pain

William Stanley Anderson
Spasticity and Pain Study
Determination of the incidence and characteristics of spasticity after spinal cord injury

Timothy Witham
Lumbar Spinal Fusion and Pain Study
Use the rabbit model to investigate long-term pain control after lumbar spinal fusion

Alan Belzberg
Schwannomatosis Gene and Pain Study
Identification of pain related genes in schwannomatosis patients

Gary Gallia
Anatomical Studies of the Human Skull Base
Endoscopic and high resolution imaging of human skull base anatomy to serve as a reference and surgical guide to begin to offer more and more less invasive surgical procedures to patients to reduce post-operative pain

Matthias Ringkamp
Seeing Pain More Clearly
Functional and molecular characterization of nociceptor subtypes in non-human primates