Research Symposium - Christian Stohler

Location:  13-041 CHS

Date & Time:  Fri, May 15, 2015, 11:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015, 12:00 pm

Event Host:  Dean No-Hee Park

Event Presenter:  Dr. Christian Stohler

About the Symposium

Join Dean No-Hee Park and the UCLA School of Dentistry for a Research Syposium on the topic of “Stress-Pain and Me".

Treatments for persistent pain vary substantially in terms of risk but when it comes to efficacy, differences between treatment modalities are often clinically irrelevant and statistically insignificant when tested in randomized clinical trials. Treatments are also often indistinguishable from credible placebos. On the other hand, individual patients express strong preferences for one form of treatment - often over many others - claiming superiority of their choice. Experimental models of human stress-pain combined with metrics derived from functional molecular imaging have shed light on subject’s vulnerability or resiliency in dealing with tonic pain-stressors.

About the Speaker

Dr. Christian S. Stohler received his DMD degree from the University of Bern in Switzerland, where he also earned the DrMedDent degree and obtained certificates in oral surgery and prosthodontics.  From 2003 to 2013, he was the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Before joining the University of Maryland, he held several positions at the University of Michigan, including a professorship at the School of Dentistry, research scientist at the Center for Human Growth and Development, director of research at the School of Dentistry, and professor and chair of the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences. He began his tenure as Dean of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and Senior Vice President of Columbia University Medical Center in 2013.

Dr. Stohler’s body of research includes authoring more than 120 articles and book chapters, for the most part dealing with factors determining the individual vulnerability to pain, the central neural correlates of the response to placebo and the effect of pain on bodily functions.