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Welcome to ACELABTM , website of the laboratory of Elie D. Al-Chaer for the study of Pain and of CPRTM, the Center for Pain Research, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Take a cyber tour of our facilities and let us know if we can be of assistance.

Laboratory Profile

ACELABTM and CPRTM are a consortium of research facilities specializing in the neurobiology of pain and related biobehavior. Areas of expertise include the central, peripheral and enteric nervous system, visceral pain, developmental pain, postnatal development and functional abdominal disorders such as the irritable bowel syndrome. Our facilities employ cutting edge technology including advanced neurophysiology and SMART tracking behavioral systems, in addition to modern techniques of molecular biology.

ACELABTM was founded in 1998 by Dr. Elie D. Al-Chaer, when he was at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

The Center for Pain Research, (CPRTM), was also founded by Dr. Al-Chaer in 2002. Its primary goal is to develop a deeper understanding from a patient's perspective of chronic pain symptoms and the best conventional and unconventional approaches to alleviate the pain.

As of September 2004, both ACELABTM and CPRTM operate under the hospices of the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock in collaboration with the Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) and the ACH Research Institute (ACHRI).

The investigative team at ACELABTM and CPRTM is made of some of the best investigators in biomedical, translational and clinical research and collaborates with experts in the field of Pain study from around the world.

Dr. Al-Chaer is the recipient of several awards and distinctions for his work on Pain among them the John Liebskind Early Career Scholar Award by the American Pain Society. In addition Dr. Al-Chaer is an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Texas.

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Microglia: a newly discovered role in visceral hypersensitivity? Carl Y. Saab, Jing Wang, Chunping Gu, Kirsten N. Garner and Elie D. Al-Chaer. Neuron Glia Biology 2: 271-277, 2006. (doi:10.1017/S1740925X07000439)

For General Information, contact:

Kirsten Garner
Biomedical Research Center, Building II, 4th floor, Suite 406
Phone: 526-7863
Fax: 526-7862

Mailing Address
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 West Markham St., #842
Little Rock, AR 72205

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