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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 9, 2005

International Association For The Study Of Pain Elects Sluka

A University of Iowa researcher has been elected to the board of directors as councilor for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Kathleen Sluka, Ph.D., a physical therapist and associate professor in the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will serve a six-year term on the board, which begins this year and continues through 2011.

Sluka serves as the director of the UI Neurophysiology of Pain Laboratory. She and her colleagues study changes in the peripheral and central nervous system during the simulation of pain to learn more about the neuronal response to muscles and joint pain. Sluka hopes that laying the groundwork for understanding pain will eventually lead to new treatment methods.

In addition to her position with IASP, Sluka holds memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Pain Society and the Society for Neuroscience.

IASP is the largest multidisciplinary international association in the field of pain research. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to furthering pain research and improving the treatment of patients with pain. ISAP is comprised of more than 6,500 members from more than 100 countries.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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