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News Release - September 21, 2012

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NEW YORK CITY (September 21, 2012) – The Mayday Fund today announces the selection of six experts in pain management to be Fellows of The Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship. The new Fellows come from across the United States and Canada, specializing in a wide range of health care disciplines, including anesthesiology, research, pharmacology, pediatrics and palliative care. The Fellowship program is in its eighth year, and will run for two more cycles.

Established in 2004, the Fellowship provides leaders in the pain management field with tools and skills to advocate on behalf of better treatment for pain. Fellows learn how to better communicate with media and policymakers and raise visibility for their issues.

“With increased public and political focus on pain care issues and concerns about the misuse and abuse of strong pain medications, particularly in Washington, DC and at the state policy level, there couldn’t be a better time for more experts to be prepared to take leadership on research, training, education and advocacy on behalf of patients in pain,” Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Chairman of The Mayday Fellowship Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center. “We know the newly selected Fellows will bring fresh energy and focus to pain issues that need so much attention.”

The Fellows will develop skills to advocate and communicate on many of the issues they deal with everyday, including the under-treatment of pain, pain research, pediatric pain, the treatment of pain with prescription pain medications, and policies to improve pain care.

“The Mayday Fund Trustees are proud of the outstanding pain leaders who have participated in the Fellowship program, and the Trustees welcome this year’s new class,” said Christina M. Spellman, Executive Director of The Mayday Fund. “They are committed to educating the public about responsible pain care and management while putting a human face on pain.”

The new 2012-2013 Fellows are:

  • Christine Chambers, PhD, RPsych, Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre
  • Aaron Gilson, MS, MSSW, PhD, Research Program Manager and Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin Pain and Policy Studies Group
  • Renee C.B. Manworren, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, Nurse Scientist, Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Jason McDougall, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University
  • Lisa M. Peters, MN, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Seddon Savage, MD, MS, Medical Director, Chronic Pain and Addiction Treatment Center, Silver Hill Hospital; Director, Dartmouth Center on Addiction Recovery and Education, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

As part of their training, the new Fellows will attend an intensive four-day workshop in Washington, DC in October 2012, and will work closely with media and policy coaches from Burness Communications, a public relations firm that works with non-profit organizations, primarily in health and science. Fellows will learn how to connect with local and national media, write opinion editorials, and educate Members of Congress and other policymakers about pain care and treatment. By improving their communications skills, they will be poised to move the field forward by educating and working with the media, policymakers, advocates, health and business leaders, and their own peers.

The Fellowship Advisory Committee selects six winners each year. On the Advisory Committee for the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship, in addition to Chair Russell K. Portenoy, MD are: James N. Campbell, MD, Executive-in-Residence at InterWest Partners, CEO of Arcion Therapeutics, Inc. and Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University; Scott M. Fishman, MD, Chief, Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Professor of Anesthesiology, University of California, Davis; Kathleen M. Foley, MD, Medical Director of the International Palliative Care Initiative of the Public Health Program, Open Society Institute and Attending Neurologist in the Department of Neurology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Carmen R. Green, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Health Management & Policy at the University of Michigan; Sandra H. Johnson, JD, Professor Emerita of Law and Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University School of Law; Patrick John McGrath, PhD, Vice President, Research at IWK Health Centre and Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada; and Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, Director of Pediatric Pain Program and Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Established in 1992, The Mayday Fund is dedicated to further Shirley Steinman Katzenbach’s commitment to social and medical causes. Her special interest in the treatment of pain forms the core of the Fund’s mission. For 20 years, Mayday has supported many different projects, among them, clinical and academic research, surveys of public attitudes toward pain and its treatment, role model and documentation programs, and pilot programs at the bedside to advance the better care of pain. The Fellowship represents the Fund’s contribution to responsible advocacy on behalf of those who suffer and those who treat them.