Wellness Wednesdays Presents – Novel Research: Innovations for Treating Chronic Pain and Addiction
Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to join Wellness Wednesdays: A Community Connection, a lunchtime event to promote nutritious foods, healthy minds and strong bodies.
These free, 30-minute interactive webinars, hosted by experts including University of Arizona Health Sciences faculty, staff and students, will provide thoughtful guidance, information and tools to help support individuals while navigating through a new reality during these challenging times.
Wellness Wednesdays: A Community Connection is the latest initiative from the University of Arizona Health Sciences with the goal of creating a healthier community by helping individuals and families stay well.
Registration is required for all events. Upon registration, a confirmation email with login information and instructions will be sent.
Join an upcoming session on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, "Novel Research: Innovations for Treating Chronic Pain and Addiction," featuring Todd Vanderah, PhD, UArizona Health Sciences Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center co-director, professor and head of Pharmacology at the College of Medicine – Tucson.
Chronic pain and addiction affect every community across the United States. In the early 2010s, public awareness of a growing opioid crisis began building. By 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency to address the opioid epidemic, which is responsible for the deaths of more than 47,000 people a year in the U.S. While information about the opioid epidemic often focuses on those deaths and the misuse of and addiction to opioids, the issue is complex and finding a solution will require a multifaceted mindset and approach.
This presentation will highlight novel targets, molecules and therapies discovered at the UArizona to help alleviate chronic pain. Join us and learn the latest studies, clinical trials and innovative therapies, like "light therapy," to the use of novel cannabinoids.
Dr. Vanderah is professor and chair of Pharmacology with research interests that include mechanisms of cancer pain, neuronal integration in pain pathways, neurochemical release during conditions of neuropathy, neuronal plasticity, addiction, cannabinoid and opioid receptor pharmacology, as well as the discovery of novel targets for new medications. He is an author on several patents and has made great efforts in reaching out to the community to help educate on the areas of substance use disorder and chronic pain. He is the principle investigator on multiple research grants, has authoredmore than 180 original research articles, three Human Neuroscience books and two Pharmacology textbooks. He has taught in the medical school for more than 20 years and earned more than 25 teaching awards.