Completed:What is common in brain injury and pain processing: the view from the left and right sides

NRR Series Free Webinar:

Title: What is common in brain injury and pain processing: the view from the left and right sides

Date and Time: 24 MAY 2022, TUESDAY

20:30-22:00 (Beijing) / 14:30-16:00 (Sweden & Denmark) / 7:30-9:00 (Texas, USA)

ZOOM Meeting ID: 872 4250 1307

Password: 0524




S1-Georgy Bakalkin.pngName:Georgy Bakalkin, PhD, Professor.

Institution: Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Speech title: The left-right side-specific endocrine signaling from injured brain: challenging neurological dogma?

About the speaker: Georgy Bakalkin, PhD, is a Full Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.

He studies neuropeptides including opioid peptides, molecular / epigenetic mechanisms of their regulation and a role in neuropsychiatric disorders including traumatic brain injury. Much of his recent work is focused on a novel physiological phenomenon, the left-right side-specific neuroendocrine signaling that in addition to the descending neural tracts mediates the contralateral effects of brain lesions.

Dr. Bakalkin obtained his undergraduate degree and received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Moscow State University. He worked as Docent / Associate Professor and Group leader at Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm,

S2-Mengliang Zhang.pngName: Mengliang Zhang, PhD, Associate Professor (

Presented by Prof. Georgy Bakalkin)

Institution: Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Speech title: Intergenerational effect of brain injury: implications for neurological deficits and neurodevelopmental disorders

About the speaker: Mengliang Zhang, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. He received his MD in China and his Ph.D. from Lund University in neuroscience and did postdoc training in neurophysiology at Pennsylvania State University. He worked as Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Lund University, Sweden. His research interests are to unravel the mechanisms underlying motor and cardiovascular deficits induced by spinal cord injury and brain injury by using different molecular, cellular, and systems neurobiological techniques. Injury of the central nervous system usually causes motor deficits at different degrees. The symptoms include, among others, reduced muscle activity, such as paralysis, and/or increased muscle tone, such as spasticity. Cardiovascular dysfunctions frequently occur following neural trauma, especially spinal cord injury, which include, among others, orthostatic hypotension and autonomic dysreflexia. By studying plastic changes at cellular and molecular level in the central nervous system his research group is to unravel the mechanisms of pathophysiology underlying these deficits.

S3-Benedict Kolber.pngName: Benedict Kolber, PhD, Associate Professor.

Institution: Department of Neuroscience and Center for Advanced Pain Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, United States.

Speech title: Left and right hemispheric lateralization of the amygdala in pain

About the speaker: Benedict Kolber is an Associate Professor in Neuroscience and USA National Institutes of Health-funded neurobiologist at The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, Texas, USA) where he also serves as faculty in the Center for Advanced Pain Studies and director of the Systems and Cellular Neuroscience PhD program. Kolber is passionate about educating and training the next generation of diverse, responsible, and skeptical scientists by actively engaging trainees at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate) in questions of pain biomedicine. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Dayton in Biology and Psychology and his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in Neuroscience.   At Washington University, he studied the endocrine system in the modulation of anxiety, depression, and pain in animal models. Kolber is currently a co-Director of the Enhancing NeuroScience Undergraduate Research Experience (ENSURE) program for intensive research experiences for under-represented students at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been a core faculty member in the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research at the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University Chronic Pain Research Consortium. Kolber’s research group has three primary directions to solve critical issues in chronic pain. The group (1) studies the central nervous system mechanisms of chronic pain and psychiatric disease, (2) examines integrative nonpharmacologic therapies to treat chronic pain in humans, and (3) searches for novel natural products and drug delivery strategies to treat pain and depression.

Session Chair

Song Qin Info-Discussion Guest0.pngSong Qin, Ph.D.   

Professor in Fudan University, China

Dr. Qin received his Ph.D. from University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), conducted his post-doctoral research at Kansas University and the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai. In 2010 he was employed as a Research Scientist at UT Southwestern Medical. In 2016 he joined the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology of Fudan University. In recent years, he has been making efforts to understand the molecular mechanisms by which the behavior of NSCs is regulated and developing novel therapeutic targets for treating neurological disorders.


Xin Chen Info-Discussion Guest0.pngXin Chen, M.D.,Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Chief, Associate Professor

Department of Neurosurgery, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, China

Xin Chen, M.D., Ph.D., is the Vice Chair and the Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery at Tianjin Medical University General Hospital. Dr. Chen’s neurosurgical expertise includes headache and facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia), movement disorders (hemifacial spasm, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, Meige syndrome), disorders of consciousness, epilepsy, and restoration of neurological function. He has been trained at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, and Tianjin Medical University, supervised by Drs. David Colman, Stefano Stifani, and Jianning Zhang.

Dr. Chen won the National Neurosurgical Operation Championship in China. He is the standing member of Peripheral Nerve Committee of Chinese Medical Doctor Association, secretary general and member of Youth Committee of Neurosurgery Society of Chinese Medical Association, secretary of the Editorial Committee of Neurosurgery of Chinese Medical Association, secretary of Brain Tumor Committee of Neurosurgeon Branch of Chinese Medical Doctor Association, member of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Branch of Tianjin Medical Association, secretary of Neurosurgery Branch of Tianjin Medical Association, vice chairman of Brain Tumor Youth Committee of Tianjin Anti-cancer Society. He has been awarded by 7 fundings, including 3 from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2 from the Project of Tianjin Applied Basic and Cutting-Edge Technological Research, published 36 peer-reviewed papers, obtained 3 national patents.