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About the Center

Review of Academic Activities for the academic year 2014 - 2015

Submitted by Prof. Michael Tal
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The Center

The Hebrew University Center for Research on Pain is a roof organization uniting a number of research laboratories and clinics of the Hebrew University, located within the campuses of the Hebrew University and the Hadassah-University Medical Centers. The Center includes members of the Hebrew University Faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. All share a common interest in understanding mechanisms of acute and chronic pain, and ultimately providing better pain relief. Our programs emphasize academic educational activities, public education, scientific exchanges at professional symposia, and, most importantly, the promotion of quality scientific, basic and clinical research on the subject of pain.
The Director and the Academic Committee of the Center conduct its activities.


Director:
Prof. Michael Tal (Anatomy)

Academic Committee:
Prof. Udi Shavit (Psychology) Chair
Prof. Marshall Devor (Neuroscience) Treasurer
Prof. Michael Tal (Anatomy)
Dr. Eliad Davidson (Anaesthesiology)
Prof. Yair Sharav (Dental Medicine)


Pain, particularly chronic pain, constitutes an unsolved health problem of major proportions that undermines the quality of life of large numbers of people, and imposes an enormous financial burden on society. Chronic pain is not simply a symptom of disease; it constitutes a biomedical problem in its own right. In addition, it represents a remarkable intellectual challenge, at the very interface of mind and body. The Center of Research on Pain was established at the Hebrew University in 1981 to promote the scientific knowledge and medical treatment of crippling pain. The Center serves as an umbrella organization uniting and coordinating more than a dozen basic and clinical pain research laboratories operating  within the various faculties of the University (Science, Medicine, Dental Medicine and Social Sciences) and at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus. The Center offers a multidisciplinary forum for bringing together scientists and physicians in the fields of neurophysiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, behavioral neurobiology, anesthesiology, neurosurgery, neurology, nursing, psychiatry and rehabilitation, and fostering advanced research in these areas. The Center's aims include the promotion and initiation of research projects, professional and public awareness of pain problems, and the development of institutional supports and funding sources for pain research.


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