Yale scientist receives pain research award

Candice Paulsen
Candice Paulsen

Yale’s Candice Paulsen is one of two early career researchers to receive the 2018 Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Scholars, the foundation announced March 6.

The award recognizes emerging leaders in basic pain research whose work holds high potential for uncovering new pathways to improve the treatment of chronic pain. The Scholars, nominated by the American Pain Society, will receive grants of $50,000 annually for a period of up to three years to pursue innovative research on mechanisms that initiate and propagate pain in the nervous system.

Paulsen, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry is investigating whether fine-tuning a receptor for noxious chemicals can help alleviate chronic pain.

Helen Lai, assistant professor of neuroscience at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, was also honored.

The Award in Pain program is part of the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars program, which has awarded millions of dollars in grants since 1976 to early-career biomedical scholars studying cancer, immunology and neuroscience.

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