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Groundbreaking pain researcher Lascelles to receive Distinguished Professorship

Duncan Lascelles, internationally renowned pain expert, professor of translational pain research and management at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, will be the recipient of the Dr. J. McNeely and Lynne K. DuBose Professor Emeritus Chair in Health musculoskeletal. He is director of the Comparative Pain Research and Education Center at NC State. He will officially receive the professorship during a ceremony at the CVM on May 11.

Lascelles’ research program, Translational Pain Research, is dedicated to answering critical questions about pain control and pain mechanisms through innovative, high-quality research. The goal is to improve pain management in animals and humans by developing methods to measure the impact of pain, uncovering the neurobiological signature of pain in naturally occurring chronic diseases in animals, and testing new therapies for pain relief.

“Dr. Duncan Lascelles is truly a world leader in the field of pain measurement and management in veterinary medicine,” said Kate Meurs, Acting Dean of the CVM. served with veterinary medicine that has a direct impact on the comfort and happiness of our patients and the people who care for them.”

After graduating from the veterinary program at the University of Bristol, UK with honors in 1991, Lascelles completed a PhD in aspects of preemptive/perioperative analgesia at the University of Bristol. After an internship and residency in surgery at the University of Cambridge in the UK, he accepted a fellowship in surgical oncology at Colorado State University, followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Florida.

“It’s really a great honor,” says Lascelles. “One of the highest in academia. It put a spring in my step and re-energized my desire to advance clinically impactful research in pain and musculoskeletal health.

The position is made possible by a $1 million gift from the Dubos, matched by $500,000 from the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund, creating a $1,500,000 Distinguished Professorship endowment.

The couple had never met Lascelles before their donation, but have long loved dogs, are deeply concerned about the debilitating pain associated with musculoskeletal diseases and are passionate about advancing our understanding of how to maintain musculoskeletal health. -skeletal in dogs. Lascelles has since had the chance to speak with the couple by phone and was impressed with their interest and knowledge of the science of musculoskeletal health.

Funds from this endowment will support our innovative research aimed at optimizing and maintaining the musculoskeletal health of dogs.

“Mac and I have been interested in sporting dogs for many years,” says Lynne Dubose. “Retrievers in particular have been our companions in our home, in the field and in AKC Retriever trials. The loyalty, intelligence and unwavering work ethic of these special animals deserve what veterinary medicine can offer. better. Retrievers are athletes and, of course, are prone to injuries, as well as a variety of congenital problems. Without the innovative treatment and diagnosis of the late Dr. John Sherman, a graduate of the Veterinary College of State of North Carolina in 1993, we would not have been aware of the excellence of the veterinary school program.We believe that our funds could not have gone elsewhere more deserving.

“Funds from this endowment will support our innovative research aimed at optimizing and maintaining the musculoskeletal health of dogs,” Lascelles said.

Lascelles’ groundbreaking research focuses on developing ways to measure the many dimensions impacted by pain in animals and examining tissues from well-phenotyped animals with spontaneous disease to understand the neurobiology that drives this pain. The two fundamental goals of his research are: 1) to improve pain control in companion animals, and 2) to facilitate the development of painkillers in human medicine using companion animals with natural diseases.