Dr. Dusica Bajic, MD, PhD: Pain, Analgesia, Research, and More
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Abstract: Opioids, including morphine, relieve acute pain and have become the golden standard for pain treatment even for the youngest of patients. However, chronic administration of morphine is associated with negative behavioral effects that, in part, include antinociceptive tolerance, opioid dependence, and addiction. About 37-50% of infants in ICU’s across the nation develop dependence on the medication, and have to be weaned off following treatment. Unfortunately, little research has been done on the mechanism of morphine dependence, and whether or not there are any long-term sequelae that result from prolonged morphine administration. As a pediatric anesthesiologist and a pain medicine researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Bajic will present recent animal and human findings regarding brain alterations following chronic morphine administration.
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