Emerson Krock of McGill University in Canada Awarded 2017 John J. Bonica Fellowship

Sep 7, 2017

Emerson KrockThe Fellowship, Awards, and Grants Working Group has selected Dr. Emerson Krock of McGill University in Canada as the 2017 recipient of the John J. Bonica Fellowship. The Bonica Fellowship provides $50,000 per year for two years to support the recipient’s training with a new mentor.

Dr. Krock’s project, “Autoantibody driven bone erosion: novel links to chronic pain in rheumatoid arthritis,” will be conducted in the lab of Prof. Camilla Svensson, of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. There, he will investigate the role of autoantibodies, specifically anti–citrullinated protein antibodies, in rheumatoid arthritis and pain.

Krock completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in spring 2012 in cell and molecular biology and began his PhD studies there later that year under the supervision of Drs. Lisbet Haglund, Laura Stone, and Jean Ouellet. His Ph.D. work investigated mechanisms of intervertebral disc degeneration and ways these mechanisms can lead to pain, with specific focuses on nerve growth factor and toll-like receptors. Krock is a graduate of the 2016 North American Pain School.

IASP received 24 applications for the 2017 fellowship grant. The fellowship, established in 1998 in memory of the founder of IASP, has been historically awarded to trainees starting what would be the equivalent of a postdoctoral fellowship.