Sunday, March 24th, 3pm
The Genetics of Pain: is the Answer to Ending the Opioid Crisis Hidden in our DNA? A talk by Erin Young, Assistant Director of the Center for Advancement in Managing Pain at the University of Connecticut
Wellfleet Public Library 55 W. Main Street, Wellfleet, MA 02667
Small variations in our DNA sequence are related to pain sensitivity, risk for chronic pain, and help to determine our response to medications meant to treat pain, including opioids. By understanding how the DNA code plays a role in pain and analgesic response, we can begin to identify novel drug and non-drug therapies for pain. The ultimate goal of this line of research is the development of more precise treatments that target pain at the source and, as a result, reduce the risk for misuse, and abuse that come along with opioids.
Erin Young is Assistant Director of the Center for Advancement in Managing Pain and Assistant Professor for the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Her primary interest lies in the understanding of gene x environment interactions on pain outcomes, with a particular focus on stress and injury/inflammation as environmental factors.