Director, Pain Research Center Senior Strategic Statistician, College of Nursing The overall mission of the Pain Research Center is to investigate the perception, causes, and consequences of pain. We take a broad view of this mission, recognizing that pain is a complex multidimensional experience that cannot be reduced to pain “signals” travelin... Read More
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Dr. Light’s lab focuses on the neurobiology of pain pathways. Most recently research projects include: 1) the role of the recently cloned Acid Sensing Ion Channels (ASICs) in muscle fatigue and pain. Research in Dr. Light’s lab has shown that ASIC-3 expression is increased following exhausting exercise, and that C-fibers innervating muscle are re... Read More
Yoshio Nakamura, PhD, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Anesthesiology Pain Research Center I am an Associate professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. As a research psychologist, my research has centered on the intersection of consciousness, emotion and pain, an area critical for understanding mind-body interactions. I studied pl... Read More
Specialties: Behavioral Medicine, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Cancer Pain, Cancer Survivorship, Chronic Pain, Clinical Scientist, Pain Medicine
Akiko Okifuji, PhD is Professor of Anesthesiology, Scott M Smith MD Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who is specialized in the psychosocial evaluation and management of chronic pain. She is also a pain researcher. She has been a principle investigator and co-investigator... Read More
Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Chronic Pain, Psychology, Clinical
My PhD is in sociology (Columbia University), although my dissertation advisor was an anthropologist, and I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at a Pain Clinic (University of Washington) supervised by a neurological surgeon. I publish mainly in medical journals, my articles intersect social sciences with pain research, and I like to think of my wo... Read More