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Postdoctoral Training

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Postdoctoral trainees will discuss required coursework with their research mentor to identify any coursework required. Coursework is influenced by both research project as well as career objectives. Fellows wishing to pursue clinical or translational research are encouraged to participate in courses offered by the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.

All postdoctoral trainees participate in the two courses coordinated by the Pain Research Program.


Mechanisms in Pain Transmission

This course coordinated by Kathleen Sluka, PhD, is the combination of three, one-semester hour modules:

  • Introduction to Pain: Overviews, Theories, Concepts and Mechanisms
  • Clinical Connections: Syndromes and Management
  • Molecular, Cellular and Neural Mechanisms of Pain

Work-in-Progress Meetings

Postdoctoral trainees are required to present the results of their research to date at Work-in-Progress Meetings, which occur twice a month and are attended by faculty and trainees. Presentations rotate among the Pain Research Program Laboratories. Trainees are able to gain valuable feedback regarding their research projects as well as receive advice and offers for future help. These meetings help foster a collaborative atmosphere amongst trainees and faculty while providing students experience in presenting research and fielding questions.

Midwest Pain Interest Group Meeting

Trainees are encouraged to attend the Midwest Pain Interest Group meeting. The 1.5 day retreat draws students and faculty from institutions across the midwest and features a poster session, presentations and a seminar by an invited guest.