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David A. Seminowicz, PhD

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Neural and Pain Sciences

Email: David A. Seminowicz - Mail Stop: 8 South - Phone: (410) 706-3476 


SeminowiczI joined the department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in October, 2010. Prior to that, I did a postdoc at McGill University, after completing my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto.

My training, starting from undergraduate level at the University of Guelph, is generally in the areas of psychology and neuroscience. During my undergraduate research years, I did independent studies on perceptions of healthcare workers on the elderly, the structure of the porcine vasopressin and oxytocin nucleus, and a human MRI study, investigating the structure of the corpus callosum in twin pairs. After graduating, I tried my luck in a biochemistry lab at the University of Ottawa, investigating the function of human dopamine receptors, but I was soon drawn back into brain imaging, this time studying affective disorders at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto. And then I found pain research, and here I am. I chose to stick with the pain field because it is a challenging topic involving all levels of the nervous system, and because millions of people are suffering from chronic painful conditions that need better treatments that will hopefully be the fruits of our collective reasearch efforts.


CV highlights: 


2007 - 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentors: Dr. M. Catherine Bushnell and Dr. Laura S. Stone
Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

2002 - 2007 Ph.D.
Mentor: Dr. Karen D. Davis
Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

2002 - 2007 Collaborative Program in Neuroscience
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

1997 - 2001 B.Sc. Honours
Major: Psychology Minor: Neuroscience
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario


2012 Ronald Dubner Research Prize, presented at the IASP 14th World Congress on Pain in Milan, Italy
2012 John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award, presented at the American Pain Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting in Hawaii
2010 Kresimir Krnjevic Award: best basic science paper in Anaesthesia
2008 SfN Next Generation Award
2007 - 2010 Postdoctoral Fellowship, CIHR.
2007 Nomination by former graduate department: Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and University Microfilms International for best PhD dissertation of 2006
2005 - 2007 Graduate Scholarship: NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship


2013.02.19 Brain imaging of "spontaneous" pain: fMRI in humans and rats. NIH Special interest group on pain. NIH campus, Bethesda, MD.

2012.05.25 Brain mechanisms of the cognitive, sensory and emotional sides of chronic pain. Canadian Physiotherapy Association Annual National Congress, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

2012.05.19 Treating pain changes the brain: evidence from functional and structural MRI. American Pain Society Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI

2012.05.17 Neuroimaging in rodents to assess brain changes associated with the onset and maintenance of chronic pain. American Pain Society Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI

2011.08.16 Brain mechanisms of the cognitive, sensory and emotional sides of chronic pain. NICoE, Bethesda, MD

2011.06.03 Rodent behavioral testing and rodent brain imaging. New York Academy of Sciences, Chronic Inflammatory and Neuropathic Pain, New York, NY

2011.04.11 Effective treatment of chronic low back pain reverses abnormal brain anatomy and function. Canadian Pain Society Annual Meeting, Niagara Falls, Ontario

2011.03.04 Brain Mechanisms of pain: neuroimaging in rats and humans. Blaustein Pain Conference, Johns Hopkins Neurology and Neurosurgery, Baltimore, MD

2009.08.10 Effects of pain on rodent and human brains: evidence from functional and structural MRI, Center for Neurobiology of Stress, UCLA

2009.05.20 Emotion, cognition, and pain: functional and structural MRI studies in rats and humans. Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

2009.03.31 L’expérience de la douleur: les effets possibles du vieillissement. Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM), Canada

2009.03.23 The cognitive and emotional sides of pain. Grand Rounds, Wasser Pain Management Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada

2009.03.05 The cognitive and emotional sides of pain. Psychiatry Grand Rounds, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

2008.09.22 Does chronic pain change the structure and function of brain networks?, Special Interest Meeting: Symptom Perception and Interest Behaviour, Bellem, Belgium

2008.06.20 Why does pain change the brain? Research in humans and rodents, Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators, Second Annual Conference, Sherbrooke, Canada

2008.01.17 Pain’s close connection with cognition, Alpine Brain Imaging Meeting, Champéry, Switzerland.

2007.12.09 Does pain change the brain? Evidence from humans and rodents, Astra-Zeneca/McGill Centre for Research on Pain Third scientific meeting. Montreal, Canada

2007.11.15 Pain networks and the brain. McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care, Hamilton, Canada

2007.03.13 Network analysis for fMRI: partial least squares and more, Université de Montréal, connectivity working group, Montreal, Canada

2007.07.12 Comparison of voxel based morphometry and cortical thickness analysis, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montreal, Canada