MEET OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

Neuroscience Careers - principle investigator

Jillian Miller

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jillian Vinall Miller is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary. She has been studying pediatric pain in both healthy and clinical populations for over a decade in various capacities. Dr. Miller has extensive experience and expertise in both acute and chronic pain and the transitions in-between, from infancy through to early adulthood. In addition to conducting innovative pediatric pain research, Dr. Miller’s goal is to train and prepare the next generation of clinical researchers.

The Team

Areas of Focus

Neuroscience Careers - researcher

Karen Cobos

Karen Cobos

Undergraduate Student,
Neuroscience, University of
Calgary

Project:

The influence of trauma in
parents and youth on brain
activity and headache
symptomology in youth
Neuroscience Jobs - researcher

Allison McPeak, MPH

Allison McPeak, MPH

Medical Student,
Medicine, University of
Calgary

Project:

The influence of pain and anesthesia on the developing brain
Neuroscience Careers - researcher

Joel Janssen, MD

Joel Janssen, MD

Medical Resident, Anesthesiology,
Perioperative & Pain Medicine, University of Calgary

Project:

Trauma and pain sensitization in youth with chronic pain
Neuroscience Careers - researcher neta bar

Neta Bar Am, MD

Neta Bar Am, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Anesthesiology,
Perioperative & Pain Medicine, University of Calgary

Project:

Evaluation of pain in youth exposed to traumatic experiences

Elias Abou-Assaly, BA

Elias Abou-Assaly, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, University of Calgary

Project:

Studying the effects of sucrose on the developing brains and cognitive outcomes of infants born very preterm

Jenna Jessa, BSc

Jenna Jessa

MSc Student, Medical Science, University of Calgary

Project:

Prenatal stress and maternal pain in relation to child brain development
Tarannum 1

Tarannum Rahnuma

Tarannum Rahnuma

Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, University of Calgary

Project:

Evaluation of pain in youth exposed to traumatic experiences

Salma Farag

Salma Farag

Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, University of Calgary

Project:

Intensive pain rehabilitation improves sleep and normalizes functional brain networks in youth with chronic pain

Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Project:

Impact of trauma on resting brain networks and the development of pain symptomology

Taylor Pigott

Taylor Pigott

Undergraduate Student, Psychology, University of Calgary

Project:

Increased GABA, and improvements in physical function following intensive pain rehabilitation for youth with chronic pain

Spencer Epp, BHSc

Spencer Epp

MSc Student, Neuroscience, University of Calgary

Project:

Can brain stimulation enhance outcomes associated with intensive rehabilitation for youth with chronic pain?

Lucy Stuckey

Lucy Stuckey

Student, Cochrane High School

Project:

Brain microstructure and daily activity in youth with and without chronic pain.

The Team

Areas of Focus

Neuroscience Careers - researcher

Karen Cobos

Karen Cobos

Undergraduate Student,
Neuroscience, University of
Calgary

Project:
The influence of trauma in
parents and youth on brain
activity and headache
symptomology in youth
Neuroscience Jobs - researcher

Allison McPeak, MPH

Allison McPeak, MPH

Medical Student,
Medicine, University of
Calgary

Project:
The influence of pain and anesthesia on the developing brain
Neuroscience Careers - researcher

Joel Janssen, MD

Joel Janssen, MD

Medical Resident, Anesthesiology,
Perioperative & Pain Medicine, University of
Calgary

Project:
Trauma and pain sensitization in youth with chronic pain
Neuroscience Careers - researcher neta bar

Neta Bar Am, MD

Neta Bar Am, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Anesthesiology,
Perioperative & Pain Medicine, University of Calgary

Project:
Evaluation of pain in youth exposed to traumatic experiences

Elias Abou-Assaly, BA

Elias Abou-Assaly, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
University of Ottawa

Project:
Studying the effects of sucrose on the developing brains and cognitive outcomes of infants born very preterm

Jenna Jessa, BSc

Jenna Jessa

MSc Student, Medical Science, University of Calgary

Project:
Prenatal stress and maternal pain in relation to child brain development
Tarannum 1

Tarannum Rahnuma

Tarannum Rahnuma

Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, University of Calgary

Project:

Evaluation of pain in youth exposed to traumatic experiences

Salma Farag

Salma Farag

Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, University of Calgary

Project:
Intensive pain rehabilitation improves sleep and normalizes functional brain networks in youth with chronic pain

Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Project:
Impact of trauma on resting brain networks and the development of pain symptomology

Taylor Piggot

Taylor Piggot

Undergraduate Student, Psychology, University of Calgary

Project:
Increased GABA, and improvements in physical function following intensive pain rehabilitation for youth with chronic pain

Spencer Epp, BHSc

Spencer Epp

MSc Student, Neuroscience, University of Calgary

Project:
Can brain stimulation enhance outcomes associated with intensive rehabilitation for youth with chronic pain?

Lucy Stuckey

Lucy Stuckey

Student, Cochrane High School

Project:
Brain microstructure and daily activity in youth with and without chronic pain.

Alumni

Isabella Vandergaag – Honours Student

Vanessa Swanson – Medical Student

Lab Alumni

Pediatric Pain Management - PAINS lab

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