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New and Noteworthy from the fellowship

Established by The Mayday Fund 2004, the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: A Media and Policy Initiative has trained 60 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, scientists, and legal scholars in the pain management community to more effectively communicate their work and raise awareness of and improve the treatment of acute and chronic pain. The Fellowship is not currently accepting applications for 2016, but please check back for more information on future opportunities, including a new Fellowship, and to see a newly designed website. You can see a full list of the Mayday Fellows here.

Watch Mayday Fellow Karen Davis' TedEd video answering the question: "How does your brain respond to pain?" In this short video, she explains why different people have different responses to painful experiences. You can see the full lesson on


Several Mayday Fellows were recognized by the Canadian Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), in their 2014 IHDCYH Talks Video Competition. Marsha Campbell-Yeo received "First Place," for her video on the power of skin-to-skin contact in reducing pain in newborns; and Jennifer Stinson was named a "Runner-Up," for her video explaining her "Pain Squad" app to track cancer pain in children using stars from police television series; and Christine Chambers received a "Special Mention" for her "It Doesn't Have to Hurt" video on strategies to deal with pain from needles. You can watch all three videos below or see the full list of winners here.


2014-2015 Mayday Fellows
Front row, left to right: Jeff Mogil, PhD; Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN;
Deirdre Logan, PhD
Back row, left to right: Sean Mackey, MD, PhD; Stephen Ziegler, PhD, JD;
Meredith Rockeymoore Brooks, MD, MPH

The Mayday Fund is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014-2015 Mayday Fellows. This year’s Fellows include:

  • Meredith Rockeymoore Brooks, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN, Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist, School of Nursing, Departments of Pediatrics, Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre
  • Deirdre Logan, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director of Psychological Services for Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, Redlich Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Chief, Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Mogil, PhD, E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies and Canada Research Chair, McGill University
  • Stephen Ziegler, PhD, JD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy, Indiana University-Purdue University

For more information on their selection, please see the press release in the newsroom.

Watch this short video featuring Dr. Diane E. Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, as an example of clear communication about health and medical issues.

The Mayday Fund supported the development of this video to help health care professionals understand the importance of good communication as well as excellent treatment when it comes to pain and palliative care.

Watch Dr. William Zempsky ('08-'09 Fellow) describe his experience and the impact of the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship:

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This website last updated June 2015