About

Our goal is to end chronic pain and fatigue for millions of people across the world.

We use neuroimaging, pharmaceutical, and immunological techniques to better understand how inflammation affects our bodies and minds.

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We have several open research studies and are recruiting people with Gulf War Illness (GWI), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS also known as SEIDS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), and healthy individuals with and without chronic pain and fatigue.

Core Team

JARRED YOUNGER, PHD
JARRED YOUNGER, PHD
Director and Associate Professor
Prof. Younger’s goal is to end the chronic pain and fatigue that is caused by inflammation in the brain. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and several non-profit agencies to develop techniques for diagnosing and treating neuroinflammation, pain, and fatigue.
Lisa Smoot
Lisa Smoot
Lab Manager
Lisa Smoot has over 18 years of experience working in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology. During that time, she has served as a research lab manager, and is also highly experienced in wet lab procedures.
Kate Wesson-Sides
Kate Wesson-Sides
Project Coordinator II
Kate Wesson-Sides has a bachelor’s in Psychology, several years of experience as a clinical research study coordinator, mentoring local area high school and UAB college students.
Emily Donovan
Emily Donovan
Program Manager I
Emily Donovan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s in Biology and Psychology, and she currently coordinates clinical trials for the lab. Prior to coming to UAB, she coordinated over 20 clinical trials at a Neurology clinic specializing in Multiple Sclerosis.
Luke Parkitny, PhD
Luke Parkitny, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Luke Parkitny’s primary research goal is to gain a better understanding of how the immune system is involved in creating and maintaining chronic pain.
Joanne Lin, PhD
Joanne Lin, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Joanne Lin’s doctoral research investigated the effects of methamphetamine addiction on the human brain with a focus on magnetic resonance imaging and pharmacotherapies for addiction.

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