TWU Biology graduate student receives national American Pain Society award
Sukhbir Kaur Lulla, a doctoral student in the molecular biology program at Texas Woman’s University, has been awarded the American Pain Society’s Young Investigator Travel Award. Sukhbir Kaur will use the $750 travel grant to attend and present her research at the APS Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held May 17-20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Winners of the Young Investigator Travel Award are chosen based on the quality of their research abstracts and short personal statements. 60 students nationwide received the award, including six from Texas. Awardees will present their research to a national audience of professionals within the pain science field.
Sukhbir Kaur will present her doctoral dissertation research, which discovered a novel inflammatory pain mechanism in nerves that may underlie pain conditions that are more common in females, such as migraines. This pain mechanism appears to intensify when hormone levels naturally fluctuate, which concurs with reports of migraine pain worsening when hormones fluctuate. She is currently investigating the molecular underpinnings of this effect with the aim of identifying a novel pain therapeutic target.
The APS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier pain science event for pain researchers and clinicians. In addition to providing networking opportunities, the meeting hosts educational sessions and discussions focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, management and research of acute pain, chronic cancer and non-cancer pain, and recurrent pain.