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Pamela E. Paulson, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

Pamela E. Paulson Ph.D. (2005) is a research assistant professor of neurology and a research scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Dr. Paulson joined the U-M faculty in 1995 as a Research Fellow in the Department of Neurology. She was promoted to Research Investigator in 1998 and to her current rank of research assistant professor in 2007.

After completing her undergraduate degree at University of WI - LaCrosse in Wisconsin, Dr. Paulson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Department of Psychology (Biopsychology) in 1995. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 1995-1997 under Drs. Kenneth Casey and Thomas Morrow.

Her research interests include the underlying neurobiological causes of neuropathic pain in aging, diabetes and following peripheral nerve injury; cognitive deficits associated with aging, diabetes; pain modulation; mesolimbic systems and the interaction between pain and substance abuse. Her laboratory is pursuing work on basic mechanisms of cognitive dysfuntion in type 2 diabetes and aging using genetic rat models. She is very interested in applying imaging methods to improve our understanding and treatment of disorders like Diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and Substance Abuse. The hope is that understanding how specific brain alterations cause neuropathic pain, cognitive disorders and substance abuse will lead to improved treatments.

Dr. Paulson's work is currently supported by grants from the VA System.

Dr. Paulson is a member of the American Pain Society, the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Society for Neuroscience. She regularly reviews journal articles from Experimental Neurology, Neuroscience, PAIN, Journal of Pain, Journal of Neuroscience, and Behavioral Neuroscience.