Open | 10 May – 10 June, 2024 |

This school offers a seven-day program exploring the interplay between chronic pain and drug addiction through keynote lectures and hands-on training in animal models and pain behavior assessment techniques.


The associate school at the Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U), Varanasi provides comprehensive insights into the intricate interplay between chronic pain and drug addiction at the neuronal level. This seven-day program integrates a range of keynote lectures encompassing fundamental and clinical aspects of chronic pain, drug addiction, and related neurological disorders.

The hands-on training consists of developing animal models for acute and chronic neuropathic and inflammatory pain conditions including Chronic Constriction Injury (CCI), Spinal Nerve Ligation (SNL), Inflammatory pain, Burn & Frostbite-induced chronic pain, etc. Students are also trained in different pain behaviour techniques to assess the evoked pain (mechanical, thermal, and cold pain) and spontaneous ongoing pain (by condition place preference) in injured animals.

The curriculum also includes hands-on instruction in precise nerve and tissue isolation methods, such as the sciatic nerve, dorsal root ganglion, spinal cord lumbar region, and distinct brain regions. Candidates receive training in stereotaxic surgery for administering drug solutions and viral vectors into specific brain areas. Special focus is also given to demonstration of different techniques including RT-PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, Flow cytometry & In-vivo imaging.

Application period:
10 May – 10 June, 2024

School dates:
10 – 16 October, 2024

School location:
Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering & Technology,
Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221005

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  • This school majorly focuses on the interplay between chronic pain and drug addiction, drawing from cutting-edge research and advanced methodologies in neuroscience and pain research. The selected participants will have the chance to learn from and interact with local and international speakers to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and networking in the neuroscience community.
  • Participants will understand the complexities of neurological disorders, gaining insights into their neurobiological underpinnings and behavioral manifestations. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed to cover a spectrum of topics essential for understanding and addressing these challenges. Participants will embark on a journey through advanced pain model development, encompassing neuropathic pain, inflammatory pain, and other conditions, improving their skills in replicating real-world pain scenarios.
  • Behavioral assessment and addiction profiling will equip participants with diverse techniques to evaluate pain responses and addictive behaviors, providing crucial insights into the addictive potential of drugs through methods like conditioned place preference.
  • Hands-on training sessions covering advanced laboratory techniques, including stereotaxic surgery, microsurgeries in rodents, and molecular biology techniques (RT-PCR, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry).
  • Merging theoretical lectures, practical training, and experiential learning, this school will offer a comprehensive platform to unravel the complexities of chronic pain and addiction, empowering participants to contribute meaningfully to the field.


  • Master’s Student
  • PhD students
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Medical Doctors (MDs)
  • Medical graduates and postgraduates
  • Junior faculty

Only applicants residing in the Asia-Pacific region are eligible to apply for this school.


  • Travel
  • Accommodation and meals


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Please note you will be redirected to the IBRO Grants Portal.