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Facial Pain


Research Foundation


Awards Grant To


Dr. Allan Basbaum



The Facial Pain Research Foundation is pleased to have approved a research grant to Dr. Allan Basbaum at the University of California San Francisco. The funding is a continuation of his efforts to find cures for trigeminal neuralgia and related neuropathic pain. His research project is entitled “Novel sensory target genes for novel trigeminal neuralgia pharmacotherapies.” The Trustees of the Facial Pain Research Foundation believe that this research has the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of many in pain.

The approach that Dr. Basbaum is taking differs considerably from genome wide screens that are seeking to identify genes that underlie the etiology of or predispose to TN. The approach will identify genes that can be targeted to regulate the ongoing pain and particularly the paroxysmal pains that are so debilitating to the TN patient. Rather than the traditional therapeutic approach that ameliorates its pain manifestation, identifying such genes is of great interest and could lead to a novel approaches to polypharmacological or even gene therapy approaches to the management of TN.

Dr. Basbaum is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy at the UCSF School of Medicine. He is considered by many as “the” outstanding researcher in the field of pain. Allan has provided significant leadership in the development of Stem Cell Replacement Therapy for TN and related neuropathic pain. Allan has been an important member of the Facial Pain Research Foundation’s International Consortium of Scientists. He has provided his expertise and support to a number of the FPRF research projects to find the cures.

As Dr. Doug Anderson says about Allan Basbaum working on FPRF projects: “Having a scientist of Dr. Basbaum’s caliber on your team is like having Justin Verlander, Babe Ruth, Derick Jeter and Mickey Mantle join your Little League Team!”



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