Erika Scott, PhD, is the recipient of the John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship, which was established in 1998 in memory of the founder of IASP to support training in all aspects of pain research. One Fellowship is given each year for $100,000 which is distributed over the course of two years.
Dr. Scott is beginning a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia where she will be working with Drs. Ruth Grunau and Catrina Loucks at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Scott’s work within the Canadian Pharmacogenomics Network for Drug Safety at the University of British Columbia helped to further understand the genetic basis for mechanisms underlying specific chemotherapy-induced toxicities in pediatric and adult cancer patients. Using the knowledge and skills gained during her research, Dr. Scott is focusing on identifying genetic predictors of variable responses to morphine treatment in infants and children in order to better manage pain in these vulnerable patient populations.