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Joel D Greenspan, PhD

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Joel D. Greenspan, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland Dental School. He received his Ph.D. from the Neuroscience Program of Florida State University, and conducted postdoctoral work in the Neurobiology Program of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, and in the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Dr. Greenspan has studied the neural mechanisms of pain and somesthesis for over 30 years, and has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific publications in the field. He served as a regular member of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Somatosensory and Chemical Senses Study Section, and continues to serve on an ad hoc basis for this and other NIH study sections. He serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Pain, and has served as a reviewer for many other pain and neuroscience journals. He recently organized two scientific conferences: an international workshop entitled “Sensory Evaluation for Pain and Analgesia Research”, held in St. Petersburg, Russia (2007) and “Consensus Conference to Establish Guidelines for Research on Sex Differences in Pain”, held in Baltimore, MD (2006). Each of these conferences resulted in a consensus paper appearing in the journal Pain.