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UCSF CCMBM, REACH, and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Scientific Retreat



This scientific event, entitled “A Picture of Pain: Advances in Management and Treatment”, brings together researchers, clinicians, and patients to explore the mechanistic foundations of pain science and how they intersect with musculoskeletal biology. Preeminent speakers from the Bay Area and throughout the country will join together to share cutting edge pain research and management frameworks across the biological, rehabilitative, imaging, and epidemiologic sciences. Distinguished guests include Dr. Kathleen Sluka of the University of Iowa; NCCIH Director Dr. Helene Langevin; members of the UCSF Pain and Addiction Research Center; and members of the Integrated Pain Team of the SF VA Health Care System.


Please join us for this special two-day retreat sponsored by the NIH P30 Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM), REACH, and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. We will convene in-person for this year's event at UCSF's Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Hall, 600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158. Remote participation is available.


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DAY 1 - TUESDAY, February 28th, 5:30-8:00 PM

Genentech Hall, 600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Open to the general community.

  • Welcome Gathering with speakers, MSK Leaders, UCSF Leaders, and invited guests

  • Event Program with Keynote Speaker

  • Panel Discussion with members of the Integrated Pain Team of the VA

  • Slam Talk Competition

  • Poster Session and Reception

Graduate students, postdocs, and other trainees: Opportunities to present your research via a slam talk on Day 1, and/or posters on Day 2 are available here.

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DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, March 1st, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Genentech Hall, 600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Open to the scientific community.

8:00AM Breakfast

8:30AM Bradford Distinguished Lectureship/Keynote Speaker

9:20AM Session I – Foundation of Pain Science

10:45AM Morning Keynote Speaker

11:30AM Session II – Research Approaches/Model Systems

12:20PM Networking Lunch

 Junior Investigator Community Biosketch Working Lunch

1:15PM Poster Session [Submit Abstract by February 13] Graduate students, postdocs, and other trainees may present your research via poster presentation.

2:00PM Breakout Sessions

- Breakout Session I - Approaches for treating pain and addiction - Session Leader - PARC

- Breakout Session II - Industry and academic tracked networking - Session Leader - CCMBM Junior Investigator Community Committee

- Breakout Session III - Developing technologies for low back pain - Session Leader - REACH

- Breakout Session IV - Metabolic disease and osteoarthritis - Session Leader - MIPS-OA

3:10PM Ergonomics Session

3:35PM Closing Keynote Speaker

4:20PM CLOSING REMARKS

4:25PM Slam Talk & Poster Award Announcements


Please check back here for more information and/or on the CCMBM website.


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