UTCSP Trainee Scholarship Recipients 2016-2017

Erinn Acland completed her Honours Psychology B.A. at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Mogil and Dr. Melanie Dirks. She is currently finishing her M.A. and starting her PhD in Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Loren Martin at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Erinn is investigating sex differences in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. Females are more likely to develop chronic pain and subsequent comorbid mental health disorders. Why this occurs is unknown and exacerbated by researchers using only male rodents in their experiments to study pain. Thus, Erinn aims to characterize the sexually dimorphic development and maintenance of neuropathic pain in mice at a behavioural and molecular level. Understanding these sex differences may identify new targets for effectively treating chronic pain in females. 

Abigail D'Souza completed a Balchelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Toronto.  She is currently a first year Masters student in Pharmaceutical Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Robert Bonin at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.  She has been the recipient of several outstanding academic achievement awards as well as the Gerald J. Leahy Award in Chemistry and the Tom and Rose DiGiacomo Bursary.  Abigail's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which plastic hanges in pain pathways contribute to chronic pain.  She is particularly interested in identifying the mechanisms by which these changes can be manipulated via reconsolidation and exploring the possible role that defects in reconsolidation play in chronic pain.  The results of this project could yield profound new insights into the porcesses by which plasticity is regulated in the CNS, and identify novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of chronic pain.

Anton Rogachov completed a Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University, with honors, in Biology. Anton is currently in the 2nd year of a Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Karen Davis at the Toronto Western Research Institute. His research focuses on the relationship between the dynamics within the pain connectome that dictates communication between pain-, salience-, and antinociceptive-related brain networks. Specifically, the project examines the relationship between this pain connectome and individual differences in pain sensitivity and coping. This study will provide a novel perspective on the brain mechanisms underlying individual pain characteristics. 

Peter Shih-Ping Hung completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Pharmacology & Therapeutics) at McGill University. Peter is currently a second year Master's student under the guidance of surgeon-scientist Dr. Mojgan Hodaie at the Krembil Research Institute. Transitioning from his prior undergraduate research focus on rodent models of chronic trigeminal neuropathic pain, Peter's graduate research aims to use in vivo neuroimaging tools such as diffusion tensor imaging and magnetoencephalography to uncover structural and functional correlates of clinical response following surgical treatment for trigeminal neuralgia—a debilitating unilateral chronic facial pain disorder.

Sarasa Tohyama completed her B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Mogil, where she examined the placebo effect in pain clinical trials. She will be starting her Master’s degree with Dr. Mojgan Hodaie at the Toronto Western Research Institute. Her research focuses on how emotion-related brain structure, function, and behaviour are associated with facial neuropathic pain syndromes.