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Michael Pasternak To Serve On


The Interagency Pain Research


Coordinating Committee


Michael Pasternak, Ph.D., a Founding Trustee of The Facial Pain Research Foundation (FPRF) has received an invitation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia M. Burwell to serve on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) of the National Institutes of Health for a term beginning immediately and ending July 31, 2018.


The Committee coordinates with the Department of Health and Human Services and Federal agencies all activities that relate to pain research and reports to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Management and support Services within the National Institutes of Health is provided by the Office of the Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).


The duties of the IPRCC include: develop a summary of advances in pain research supported or conducted by the Federal agencies relevant to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of pain and diseases and disorders associated with pain; identify critical gaps in basic and clinical research on the symptoms and causes of pain; make recommendations to ensure that the activities of the NIH and other Federal agencies are free of unnecessary duplication of effort; make recommendations on how best to disseminate information on pain care; and make recommendations on how to expand partnerships between public entities and private entities to expand collaborative, cross-cutting research.


Michael believes the this IPRCC appointment puts the Facial Pain Research Foundation in an important relationship with those involved in pain research in Washington DC. “I am looking forward to working with the IPRCC and the opportunity to continue the quest to find a cure for trigeminal neuralgia and neuropathic pain. We are making great strides with our research and hopefully 2016 will bring us closer to our goals.”




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