Ache and Dependancy Skilled Named CU Anesthesiology Vice Chair of Analysis

Susan Ingram, PhD, has been named vice chair of analysis within the Division of Anesthesiology on the College of Colorado Faculty of Drugs, efficient July 15. Ingram would be the inaugural Richard Traystman, PhD, endowed chair in anesthesiology.

Ingram joins the CU Division of Anesthesiology from the Division of Neurological Surgical procedure at Oregon Well being & Science College (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Along with her professorship, Ingram is at the moment funded by two R01 grants from the Nationwide Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Nationwide Institute of Neurological Problems and Stroke.  

“Dr. Ingram is an achieved researcher within the area of persistent ache drugs and dependancy, a dedicated educator and an energetic contributor to variety, fairness and inclusion initiatives,” mentioned Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, PhD, chair of the anesthesiology division and CU Drugs endowed professor of anesthesiology and pharmacology.

Advancing vital analysis

“We’re lucky that she has accepted this management position and stay up for enhancing our analysis packages and capturing further funding of anesthesiology-related analysis underneath her steering,” Jevtovic-Todorovic mentioned. “Her analysis focuses on understanding neuronal plasticity concerned in ache and drug dependancy circuits, matters of nice curiosity to NIH and the following step in translating fundamental and scientific analysis.”

Ingram’s analysis has largely centered on opioid and cannabinoid receptor modulation of ache circuits, and her laboratory has had steady funding from NIDA since 2003. Her present analysis focuses on synaptic plasticity related to irritation, particularly the endocannabinoid system within the descending ache modulatory circuit. 

“Our purpose is to know these ache pathways and useful selectivity of opioid agonists in order that we are able to develop novel medication that focus on ache with out triggering dependence and dependancy,” Ingram mentioned.

“Our purpose is to know these ache pathways and useful selectivity of opioid agonists in order that we are able to develop novel medication that focus on ache with out triggering dependence and dependancy.” – Susan Ingram, PhD

Ingram has revealed greater than 72 peer-reviewed major analysis articles and evaluations, the overwhelming majority associated to mechanisms of synaptic plasticity within the descending ache modulatory system related to opioid tolerance and dependence. She serves in lots of management roles within the scientific group, together with incoming president of the Worldwide Narcotics Analysis Convention (INRC) and co-chair of the 2024 Gordon Convention (Membrane Transporters in Well being and Illness).

Bringing sturdy management abilities

Ingram obtained her PhD from OHSU’s Division of Pharmacology/Neuroscience program in 1995. She was a Human Frontiers postdoctoral fellow on the College of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, and a postdoctoral fellow at Vollum Institute at OHSU. Ingram was an assistant/affiliate professor for the Division of Psychology at Washington State College, Vancouver, from 2003 to 2010 and affiliate professor for the Division of Neurological Surgical procedure at OHSU. She attained professor with tenure at OHSU in 2018.

Ingram’s position as vice chair of analysis continues the anesthesiology division’s rigorous pursuit of recent methods to translate fundamental and scientific analysis and elevate its capability to steer the educational anesthesiology group to tell scientific observe and therapeutics, mentioned Nidia Quillinan, PhD, affiliate professor of anesthesiology and director of the Neuronal Harm and Plasticity Program.

“I’m not solely enthusiastic about Susie’s future management in her position as vice chair, but in addition that her analysis is a good match, and she is going to be capable of construct collaborations and programmatic analysis with different investigators in our division.”

Visitor contributor: Katharine George, occasions and communications coordinator, CU Division of Anesthesiology


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