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Schalm Lecture Oct 4: Translational Medicine Applied to Chronic Pain Treatment

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August 3, 2010

Translational medicine is the continuum–often known as “bench to bedside”–by which the biomedical community takes a focused point of view to move research discoveries from the laboratory into clinical practice to diagnose and treat patients.

UC Davis faculty, students, staff and other members of the public can learn more about progress in this area at a free talk, "Chronic Pain: No Longer Lost in Translation," Monday, October 4 at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Schalm 170 lecture hall. The program begins at noon; no reservations are required.  

Presenting the lecture is Dorothy Cimino Brown, Professor and Chief of Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Brown also serves as an associate scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine; she is the director of the Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center and a member of the Department of Clinical Studies, all at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Brown is the Oscar W. Schalm Lectureship speaker for 2010. She will also present a related talk to alumni at the annual reunion weekend.

The Oscar W. Schalm Lectureship, established in 1988, honors the memory of Oscar W. Schalm, a founding faculty member known for his investigations of bovine mastitis and the exercise physiology of horses as well as his expertise in hematology and clinical pathology. The lectureship promotes a tradition of scholarship, service and commitment to veterinary medicine and recognizes the lecturer's distinguished contributions to the profession. 

Dorothy Cimino Brown, D.V.M., M.S.C.E.

Dr. Brown earned her D.V.M. from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1992 and became board certified in surgery in 1997 after completing her internship and residency training at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research focuses on the development and validation of outcome assessment instruments for chronic pain in companion animals and then the application of those instruments to companion animal clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of novel interventions for chronic pain in those species. This work is funded by industry and foundation sponsors that have a direct interest in companion animal pain management, as well as NIH and industry sponsors that are focused on human health, yet realize the extent to which companion animals, such as dogs with pain due to bone cancer or osteoarthritis, make excellent preclinical models of these human chronic pain states.

In 2008, Dr. Brown became the Director of the Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center  (VCIC) after earning a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Trials Track, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2006.

The VCIC provides the infrastructure to facilitate the translation of novel interventions from basic scientists to high quality investigations in companion animals with naturally occurring diseases that parallel the human conditions.

Through the VCIC, Dr. Brown matches investigators from the faculty and staff at the School of Veterinary Medicine with the expertise needed for a given sponsored study and then facilitates the efficient start-up, high quality data collection, and successful completion of that study. The VCIC works to expand interdisciplinary collaborations between human and animal health, expeditiously expanding the knowledge base  for both human and non-human species and accelerating biomedical research discoveries.