The American Academy of Pain Medicine and Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Pain Medicine has awarded Baylor College of Medicine with a grant that will bring internationally known researcher Dr. John N. Wood to Houston.

Wood, head of the Molecular Nociception Group and professor of molecular neurobiology at University College in London, will spend three days in discussions with faculty and trainees at BCM and other Texas Medical Center institutions.

He will also present a public outreach lecture and a scientific lecture:

Public Outreach Lecture: Advances in Molecular Pain Research
Monday, March 15, 2010, 7 p.m.
The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004
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Scientific Lecture: Peripheral Pain Pathways – Transduction and Wiring
Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 4 p.m.
The Margaret M and Albert B. Alkek Building, room N315
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030

"Dr. Wood is one of the leading investigators at the forefront of applying the full range of contemporary neuroscientific tools to the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that trigger and maintain chronic pain. His work will provide the foundation from which effective therapeutic interventions can be built," said Dr. Michael Friedlander, professor and chair of the Department of Neuroscience at BCM and principal investigator of the Pfizer award.

Wood's work ranges from understanding how signals indicating the presence of a painful stimulus reach the brain and hyperalgesia, which is an increased sensitivity to pain that accompanies numerous diseases or injuries.

The award is one of eight given to departments at medical institutions across the country. This is the second consecutive year that a BCM department has hosted a Pfizer Visiting Professor in Pain Medicine.