2022 World Congress Prize and Award Recipients

Ronald Dubner Research Prize
Ronald Dubner Research Prize
Ronald Dubner Research Prize
Ronald Dubner Research Prize
Ronald Dubner Research Prize
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IASP Grants, Prizes, Awards, and Fellowships

IASP provides grant, prize, award, and fellowship opportunities for trainees, researchers, and clinicians that support basic and clinical research and students and education in developing countries. This year's recipients will receive their awards and present their research at the World Congress on Pain in Toronto.

Ronald Dubner Research Prize

Aidan Cashin

Dr. Aidan Cashin is the recipient of the 2022 Ronald Dubner Research Prize. This prize recognizes the best clinical or basic science research paper, series of papers, or doctoral thesis in the field of pain published while the candidate trained as a student, intern, resident, or pre/post-doctoral fellow.

Dr. Cashin is recognized for his research which focuses on investigating the mechanisms of healthcare intervention for optimization and translation into clinical practice and health policy. Most of Dr. Cashin’s work is applied to the management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, and he conducts methodological work that aims to improve research transparency and openness.

Dr. Cashin is an Exercise Physiologist, National Health and Medical Research Council Emerging Leadership Fellow at the Centre for Pain IMPACT Neuroscience Research Australia, and an Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

Dr. Cashin will present his research at the 2022 IASP World Congress on Pain in Toronto, Canada, September 19-23.

Aidan Cashin_Ronald Dubner Research Prize

Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Prize

Kirsty Bannister

Dr. Kirsty Bannister is the recipient of the 2022 Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Prize for Basic Science. This prize recognizes an individual who has achieved a high level of independence as an outstanding scholar in the field of pain in basic science.

Dr. Bannister is recognized for working to bridge the gap between bench and bedside as she and her research team at the Central Modulation of Pain Laboratory define descending control pathways in animals and humans.

Dr. Bannister attended University College London and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and went on to earn her Master of Research and PhD in Epigenetic Mechanisms at the Imperial College of London. She spent ten years as a post-doctoral research fellow investigating novel disease-induced alterations in descending modulatory pathways at the University College of London and joined King’s College London in 2017, where she now holds the title of Associate Professor.

Dr. Bannister will present her research at the 2022 World Congress on Pain in Toronto, Canada, September 19-23.

Kirsty Bannister_Wall Young Investigator

Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Prize

Lauren Heathcote

Dr. Lauren Heathcote is the recipient of the 2022 Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Prize for Clinical Science. The Prize recognizes an individual who has achieved a high level of independence as an outstanding scholar in the field of pain and clinical science.

Dr. Heathcote is recognized for her early work with the development of novel experimental and self-report tools to define the cognitive and affective mechanisms that drive the perception of pain as threatening. Through her work, Dr. Heathcote has  demonstrated how the perception of bodily threat shapes clinical outcomes in young people living with chronic conditions such as persistent pain and cancer. As a new Principal Investigator, her research seeks to develop brief, psychologically-wise interventions that reframe pain as a signal of bodily protection to reduce suffering and enhance recovery. She continues to leverage an evolutionary understanding of pain as a brain output that signals bodily threat promotes protective behaviors.

Dr. Heathcote earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and now works as a Senior Lecturer of Health Psychology in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London

Dr. Heathcote will present her research as a principal investigator at the 2022 World Congress on Pain in Toronto, Canada, September 19-23.

Lauren Heathcote_Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator

Award for Excellence in Pain Research and Management in Developing Countries

This award recognizes an individual or a team that has achieved an outstanding level of excellence in pain-related programs in a developing country.

Merab Tsagareli

Dr. Merab Tsagareli is recognized for his work on the study of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels in pain and itch and the role of opioid and cannabinoid systems in analgesic and tolerance effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). His interests include the history of physiology and neuroscience.

Dr. Tsagareli earned his PhD at Lomonosov State University in Moscow and works as a Laboratory Director of Pain and Analgesia at Ivane Beritashvili Center for Experimental Biomedicine in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. Tsagareli has been an IASP member since 1999 and is the Founder and President of the Georgian Pain Research Society.

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Dr. Elizabeth Onuwa Ogboli Nwasor

Dr. Elizabeth Onuwa Ogboli Nwasor is recognized for her work in obstetric anesthesia, pain management, palliative care, pain education, and patient safety. She became a Fellow at West African College of Surgeons in Anesthesia in 2001 and received her Master’s in Public Health in 2010. She obtained a Fellowship in obstetric anesthesia and pain management at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel.

Dr. Elizabeth Nwasor is Professor and Chief Consultant, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria where she is the Head Obstetric Anesthesia and Pain Management.

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