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The Pain Beat (Episode 13) – Nobel Prize: A Conversation with David Julius and Michael Caterina

19 August 2022

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Editor’s note: Welcome to the 13th episode of The Pain Beat. Launched and supported by a generous grant from the MAYDAY Fund, with additional funding from the Rita Allen Foundation, The Pain Beat brings together the world's leading pain investigators with the purpose of sparking dialogue and debate around important ideas in pain research. Guided by Rebecca Seal, scientific director of The Pain Beat, the podcasts feature open and spirited discussions about the hottest topics in pain and how the field moves forward. 


This 13th episode of The Pain Beat is the first of a three-part series discussing the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – awarded to David Julius, University of California, San Francisco, US, and Ardem Patapoutian, Scripps Research, California, US – for their work on molecules important for somatosensation (see PRF related interview here, and PRF related news story here). In this episode, The Pain Beat spoke with Nobel Prize laureate David Julius and Michael Caterina, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland, US, to discuss their discovery of TRPV1. The conversation provides insight regarding their thought processes and problem solving, the enduring challenges of scientific discoveries, and the fun they had along the way.


Podcast participants include:

  • David Julius, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, US
  • Michael Caterina, MD PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, US
  • Tayler Sheahan, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, US (host)

                                            Julius, Caterina, and Sheahan


Listen below and consider leaving a comment on the podcast at the bottom of this page (All The Pain Beat podcasts are also available on Apple Podcasts here and on Spotify here).



PRF thanks Gary Hobish for providing the audio mastering for this podcast and Kevin Seal for creating the music.


The Pain Beat was launched and is supported by a generous grant from the MAYDAY Fund, with additional support from the Rita Allen Foundation.

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