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Hans Lisenbardt

Early Life Events Affecting Pain in Adults

Hans Lisenbardt, a Texas A&M University doctoral student at the Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience, attended the 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting for the PsychoNeroImmunology Research Society in Brighton, England on June 8-11, 2016. Hans was mentored by Dr. Mary Meagher, Professor in the department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts.

At the conference, Hans presented evidence that individuals who experienced a high number of stressful and adverse early life events before the age of 18 (e.g., parents’ divorce, significant illness, abuse, etc.) reported more pain to painful and stressful stimuli as young adults than individuals who experienced fewer adverse events. Hans said “This study bridges the gap between prior research in our laboratory and my own dissertation research, which will incorporate neuroendocrine evidence obtained from animal models with constructs of coping, resilience, and social support in humans to investigate pathways through which these stressful early life events can predispose individuals to being more sensitive to pain. Determining how this happens could help us understand and treat chronic pain disorders as well as prevent the transition of some individuals from experiencing acute pain to living with chronic pain.”

“The research that I presented involved translating from animals to humans, models of stress early in life that lead to increased pain sensitivity or pain-related disorders,” Hans explained. “Texas A&M One Health’s mission to create collaborations between animal and human research in order to create optimal health is important for my research as we seek to integrate research derived from animal models with factors mediating pain sensitivity in humans.  By incorporating these two domains of research in our own studies, we hope to come to a better understanding of the development of chronic pain.”

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