Archive for April, 2009

American Society of Pain Educators

by Meridith Lawrence, MS-PREP ’04
Great to see this blog! I wanted to let the PREP community know about an exciting development in the pain education world.
The American Society of Pain Educators(
has recently given the first ever exam for certification to become a pain educator. This is similar to certified diabetes educators (CDE)
and once you meet the criteria and pass the exam you will be able to use the initials CPE after your name.Sixty people took the first exam and most passed.
ASPE also holds a conference every year in Las Vegas called PAINWEEK
in the week right after Labor Day. I have been to the conference twice and it is excellent!
If anyone is intwerested in anything I have mentioned and you have questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
I graduated from the PREP program in 2004 and currently work for the Cambridge Health Alliance as a senior staff pharmacist
in Cambridge,MA. I am able to use my education from the PREP progam every day and that is very gratifying!

Add comment April 26th, 2009

Tufts PREP Faculty Speak at Mass PI Symposium

Congratulations to the Massachusetts Pain Initiative for an excellent educational symposium on Friday, April 3. Familiar faces from the Tufts Pain Research, Education and Policy faculty served as expert speakers at the event: Dr. Dan Carr delivered the keynote, while Dr. Kate Faulkner, Carol Curtiss, RN, MSN, and guest lecturer, Dr. Edgar Ross, engaged and encouraged the audience to work towards a new paradigm of pain care.

Add comment April 15th, 2009

NESA Research Seminar Series

New England School of Acupuncture, located at 150 California St, Newton, MA, invites interested student, faculty, and community members to come to a lecture by Helene Langevin, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She will speak on Monday, April 13 from 2:30-4 PM on “Connective Tissue: Relevance to Chronic Pain & Acupuncture”. Dr Langevin’s research focuses on connective tissue mechanical signal transduction as a mechanism common to acupuncture, manual and movement-based therapies. Her previous studies in humans and animal models have shown that mechanical tissue stimulation during both tissue stretch and acupuncture causes dynamic cellular responses in connective tissue. She is currently investigating how these tissue responses are affected by chronic conditions such as low back pain

Add comment April 8th, 2009


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