Professor of Anesthesiology, Burel R. Goodin, PhD, has been elected as the President of the United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP), a role that not only recognizes his academic excellence, but also symbolizes his unwavering commitment to advancing pain research. Goodin’s election is a testament to his multidisciplinary approach and his extensive background in clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, and translational pain science.
The USASP aims to unite professionals from diverse backgrounds including scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers, with the mission of promoting scientific breakthroughs that alleviate pain. Goodin’s expertise in understanding the intricate connections between psychosocial and biobehavioral factors in pain, particularly through stress-related hormones and immune function pathways, positions him uniquely to lead the USASP.
Goodin’s illustrious career is marked by significant contributions to pain science, including serving as the Principal Investigator on multiple R01 awards, a site PI for an R37 MERIT award, and a co-investigator on an R01 and an NIH HEAL Initiative Other Transactions Authority (OTA) award. He has demonstrated a deep commitment to addressing pain disparities, especially among disadvantaged groups.
“It’s a profound honor to serve as president of USASP,” Goodin expressed. “Coming from an underprivileged background as a first-generation college graduate, I’ve been deeply inspired to open doors for others, reflecting the invaluable support that marked my academic path.”
As the newly elected president, Goodin aims to ensure that USASP maintains a diverse membership, recognizing the enhanced creativity and productivity that arise from diverse perspectives.
“Dr. Goodin’s wealth of experience, dedication to diversity, and innovative approach to pain research position him as an ideal leader to steer USASP into the next chapter of advancements in pain research,” says Robert W. Gereau, PhD, the Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology and vice chair for research for the Department of Anesthesiology.
Under Goodin’s leadership, the USASP is set to continue its mission of advancing pain research and promoting diversity within the field, reflecting a continued dedication to excellence and innovation.