This session will be presented by Associate Professor Michael Hildebrand, from the Department of Neuroscience.

Chronic pain represents a highly prevalent and debilitating healthcare crisis, with direct connections to mental health challenges. The ongoing opioid epidemic illustrates the urgent need to develop new therapeutic approaches for pain that are both safe and effective. In this session, Dr. Mike Hildebrand will define what pain is, with a discussion on what factors shape our experiences of pain and how changes in neurobiological mechanisms of pain processing can lead to chronic pain. This includes highlighting the discrepancies in sex and species between pain patients and typical preclinical pain models, and Dr. Hildebrand’s work aimed at addressing some of these translational divides.

Mental Health Speaker Series

This session is part of the Healthy Workplace Mental Health Speaker Series 2021/2022. Find out more.