Do We Understand Pain?


To kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey. – Marcel Proust

Pain speaks as forcefully and as personally as any human experience. While the ability to experience pain is essential for survival, chronic pain is the scourge of sentient existence. As a topic of research, pain presents a formidable challenge for scientists. Why can it be so hard to control? Why does individual perception of pain vary? Come join the discussion as two outstanding neuroscientists reply both “yes” and “no” to our title question: Do we understand pain?
  • TITLE: DO WE UNDERSTAND PAIN?   Co-presented with Ask a Scientist.
  • SPEAKERS: Allan Basbaum, M.D., Professor of Anatomy, UC San Francisco 
    Michael Rowbotham, M.D., Scientific Director, CPMC Research Institute
  • WHEN: 7:00pm, Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • WHERE:  Sens Restaurant, Promenade Level, Embarcadero 4, San Francisco, CA 94111 <>
  • HOW:  Embarcadero 4 is served well by public transit. Also, its underground garage (at the end of Clay Street, across Drumm) charges just $2.00 for 0-4 hours (with $10+ purchase).
  • WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures
  • ADMISSION:  FREE!  But attendance is limited to the first 100 to register.  See below.

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