Vinko Palada, PhD, of Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) Announced as the 2019 Recipient of the John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship

Jul 16, 2019

IASP has chosen Dr. Vinko Palada, a post-doctoral fellow at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, to receive its 2019 John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship. Established in 1998 to honor IASP’s founder, the honor includes up to a total of USD $100,000 over two years.

Research proposed by Palada on “Circadian regulation of the comorbidity cycle between anxiety, sleep, and neuropathic pain” will help to determine whether a comorbidity cycle between anxiety, sleep disorders, and neuropathic pain, is under control of the circadian clock and to identify shared and unique molecular mechanisms in these highly associated disorders.

The IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group chose Palada’s project for the “strong potential for deep understanding of mechanisms for chronification of the phenomenon of pain” which “may lead to development of novel, more effective, multimodal approaches for the management of neuropathic pain.” It was a competitive process as all 16 applications were of superior quality with imaginative and compelling topics.

Palada will conduct the proposed research, together with his distinguished mentor Professor Eija Kalso, at SLEEPWELL Research Programme, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland. At Karolinska Institutet, Palada studies the functional roles of non-coding RNAs in development of chronic pain in arthritis and neuroinflammatory mechanisms associated with pain in patients with low back pain and knee osteoarthritis. He is also extensively engaged in pain education at Karolinska Institutet.

Prior to joining Karolinska Institutet, Palada completed his Masters degree in molecular biology at the University of Zagreb, Croatia and his doctorate in biochemistry at the Free University of Berlin and Charité Medical School, Germany. He has published six first author articles in journals such as Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Movement Disorders and eBiomedicine. He also presented at IASP’s 2018 World Congress on Pain.