Mitchel Max Awardee:

Congratulations to Dr. Nelson:

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Tyler Nelson PhD, New York University

Uncovering therapeutic spinal cord targets for the treatment of neuropathic pain

Dr. Tyler Nelson is a postdoctoral assistant research scientist in the New York University (NYU) Pain Research Center. He received his PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a trainee in the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research. Tyler’s doctoral research focused on the spinal cord dorsal horn microcircuitry underlying neuropathic pain, with a focus on neuropeptide Y - Y1 signaling. His doctoral work was supported by multiple grants from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), including a T32, an F32, and an F99. In his postdoctoral work at NYU, he studies the peripheral and central mechanisms of neuropathic and neuromuscular pain using a combination of molecular, genetic, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches.  Tyler is currently funded by a K00 award focused on dissecting the parabrachial nucleus’s role in the manifestation and maintenance of neuropathic pain.


2022 Mitchell Max Award Finalists:


Madelyn Frumkin, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis MO

Improved Prediction of Spine Surgery Outcomes using Dynamic Features Derived from Mobile Health Monitoring

Madelyn Frumkin is a PhD candidate in Clinical Science at Washington University in St. Louis. Madelyn completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Madelyn's research focuses on using mobile health data to improve understanding, prediction, and treatment of co-occurring psychological and physiological problems. Her current work examining individual differences in biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying chronic back pain and response to spine surgery is funded by an F31 from the National Institute of Mental Health. Madelyn was additionally awarded a Graduate Student Research Scholarship from the American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology and a Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association. Starting in July 2023, she will complete her predoctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Taichi Goto PhD, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health

Unveiling the link between BDNF rs6265 Polymorphism and Severe Neuropathic Pain in Female Cancer Survivors

Dr. Taichi Goto is currently a Research fellow with the Dr. Saligan laboratory at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institutes of Health. He obtained his Ph.D. in health science from the University of Tokyo in 2018. He completed two post-doctoral fellowships in the NINR and the University of Maryland School of Nursing and transitioned to his current position last year. His research interest is using symptom science for disease prevention and health promotion, one of the NINR research lenses. He has been working on underlying mechanisms and identifying biomarkers of wound pain to help develop appropriate interventions, especially for vulnerable populations such as the cognitively impaired. His current project is exploring the relationships of single nucleotide polymorphisms in some genes with chronic symptoms experienced by cancer patients and survivors.

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