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Neurology and Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Thursday, 26 January, 2017

Lecture Hall 1

The Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry will present a Psychiatry Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Lecture Hall 1 of Schwitalla Hall.

Joshua Little, D.C., Ph.D., will present “Preclinical Modeling of Low Back Pain to Reveal Its Underlying Mechanisms.” 

Little is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Center for Anatomical Science and Education (CASE) at the School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate and pre-professional studies at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. After his undergraduate training, he completed his clinical training receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DC) from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois, where he held a spinal research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Cramer. He completed his Ph.D. at Saint Louis University, were his research focused on the neurobiology of pain. His postdoctoral training was in pain research with Dr. Daniela Salvemini in SLU’s Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, studying the pathophysiological processes (e.g., role of inflammation and nitroxidative stress) that contribute to enhanced spinal nociceptive processing and altered supraspinal nociceptive modulation during acute and persistent pain states.

He also investigated the therapeutic effects of novel pharmacological approaches to treat chronic pain. His current research focus is to better understand the underlying mechanisms of chronic musculoskeletal pain, especially low back pain, to eventually develop new therapeutic approaches that provide better pain relief. He and his research team are currently characterizing animal models of spinal dysfunction and persistent low back pain. 

Lecture Hall 3

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience will present a Psychiatry Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Lecture Hall 3 at Schwitalla Hall.

Christine Jacobs, M.D., will present “Non-Medical Determinants of Health Outcomes.” 

Jacobs is the program director of SLU’s  Family Medicine Residency, which opened in 2011 as a partnership between Saint. Louis University, Family Care Health Centers, and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital to train family physicians to provide care for underserved patients.

Jacobs founded the residency, obtaining over $3 million in funding from the Missouri Foundation for Health and the federal government. The residency educational program includes the Longitudinal Underserved Community Curriculum, a national curriculum model for training resident physicians in urban settings, as well as the Family Medicine Behavioral Health Collaborative Curriculum, a new initiative in integrated behavioral health.Both initiatives have been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the federal government. 

 A professor of family and community medicine at St. Louis University, Jacobs is a member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty in the School of Medicine, and is the SLU local editor for the Family Physicians Inquiry Network. She is the director of the Department of Family Medicine and president of the medical staff at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. She is a member of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors national wellness task force, and president of the St. Louis Academy of Family Physicians.

In addition, she practices outpatient medicine at Family Care Health Center, and inpatient medicine at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. Jacobs earned a BS in Physiology with Highest Honors from the University of California at Davis. She received her M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency at Brown University, where she was chief resident. She is Board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family