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Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee Members Announced

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Members of the newly established Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee have been announced. Established through the Affordable Care Act by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the coordinating committee will work to identify basic and clinical research objectives on the symptoms, causes, and treatment of pain and will recommend federal research programs in these areas. Committee appointees include biomedical researchers, representatives from nonprofit public advocacy organizations, and representatives of seven federal government organizations that deal with pain research and patient care.

Story Landis, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) will serve as committee chairman. As announced by the NIH, the following appointees join Dr. Landis on the committee:

Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD, is director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the NIH.

Charles G. Helmick III, MD, is a senior medical epidemiologist with the Arthritis Program at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Audrey N. Kusiak, PhD, is a portfolio manager in the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research and Development, where her portfolio includes research on spinal cord injury, pain, regenerative medicine and translational neural repair.

Bob Andrew Rappaport, MD, is director of the Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Richard Ricciardi, PhD, NP, is a health scientist in the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships at HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and a pediatric and family nurse practitioner.

Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, MD, DDS, most recently served as the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Surgeon General. His current assignment is …

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