Treasurer Candidate: Mary M. Heinricher, Ph.D.


Current professional title(s) and affiliations:  
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Neurological Surgery and Professor, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR  USA
 
A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
My research focuses on the properties and functions of brainstem neurons that modulate pain by enhancing or suppressing transmission of nociceptive information from the spinal cord to the brain.  My group showed that bi-directional descending control of pain from the brainstem is mediated by two distinct classes of neurons.  My laboratory now focuses, in animal and human studies, on how these pain-modulating neurons are
brought into play under physiological and pathophysiological conditions.    
 
A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
As a basic scientist in a clinical department, I sit at the interface between basic neural mechanisms and pain as a clinical problem, a unifying perspective that I hope to bring to the service of the IASP.  I also believe that my administrative experience, as a research dean at my own institution and board member for other science-focused organizations, and as a current member of the IASP Finance Committee, gives me insight into the financial challenges and processes relevant to organizations such as the IASP.
 
Listing of IASP activities including current and prior IASP committees, working groups, task forces, or SIG leadership groups on which you have served:
I have been a member of the IASP for over 30 years, since my time as a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF.  I have made a number of substantive contributions as a member, serving on the editorial board of Pain, as a member of the IASP Membership Committee, and on the IASP Fellowship Awards, and Grants Working Group.  I currently serve as a member of the Finance Committee.