Summer Courses in Comparative Medicine
2022 - 2023 Academic Year

Independent Study and/or Research with faculty courses are offered every quarter and may be found on the all quarter courses page.

CompMed 89SS: The Neurobiology of Pain

3 units | UG Reqs: None | Class # 22459 | Section 01 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit | SEM
06/26/2023 - 08/17/2023

Instructor:  Pacharinsak, C (PI)

Whether from the sharp bite of a stubbed toe, the dull throb of an aching muscle, or progressive disease discomfort, pain acts as a natural defense mechanism to protect both humans and animals. It is critical for survival. Pain also serves as a warning against repetitive, harmful behaviors. It's a signal to seek attention and relief, since uncontrolled pain can have chronic and debilitating consequences. This course introduces basic pain concepts, pain pathways, and their underlying neurobiology. Topics will incorporate diagnosis, symptoms and presentation, and treatment using pain experts across the medical field-- such as physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and pharmacists. The course will introduce scientists and clinical researchers, and highlights from their work.

Cholawat Pacharinsak, DVM, PhD, DACVAA, Associate Professor and Director of Anesthesia, Pain Management, at Stanford University’s Department of Comparative Medicine; he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (DACVAA).

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Dr. Pacharinsak was a faculty member in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Michigan State University and Purdue University; and served as a Clinical Specialist at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.  His research focuses on understanding the neurobiology of cancer pain, chemotherapeutic-induced peripheral neuropathy, acute surgical pain models, and methods to improve clinical pain management e.g. sustained release analgesics supporting refinement. Research methodology includes electrophysiologic and behavioral techniques.

COMPMED 182: How to Avoid the Walking Dead: Understanding Biosafety

Are you concerned the Walking Dead will soon rise? Are we on the verge of World War Z? What can be done to prevent the escape of Zombie-producing agents from labs? This course seeks to save the world through the introduction of biosafety history, concepts, and principles & practices as seen through the lens of specific diseases and research at Stanford. The course will be of interest to students looking to pursue careers in biomedical research or those wishing to pursue professional medical education.

David E. Bentzel, VMD, MPH, DACLAM, DACVPM, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He earned his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his public health education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He also earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

COMPMED 292: Practical Training

1 units | UG Reqs: None | Class #22039 | Section 02 | Grading: Medical Satisfactory/No Credit | INS | In Person
06/26/2023 - 08/17/2023

Educational opportunities for students participating in professional internships in organizations (e.g. research institutes, medicine, biotechnology, development labs, policy). Students engage in internship work and integrate that work into their academic program. After the internship, students are required to submit a summary of the work completed, skills learned, and reflection of the professional growth gained as a result of the internship. Meets the requirements for curricular practical training for students on F-1 visas. Student is responsible for arranging own internship/employment and faculty sponsorship. Register under faculty sponsor's section number. Prerequisite: Qualified offer of employment and consent of advisor.                  

Claude Nagamine, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor received his D.V.M. from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and completed his residency training in Laboratory Animal Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007. He joined the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford in 2008.

Prior to entering veterinary school, Dr. Nagamine obtained a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis (1979), obtained postdoctoral training in endocrinology, developmental genetics, immunology, and molecular biology of the mouse at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC), Institut Pasteur (France), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, San Francisco and was an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His research focuses on using mouse models to study murine and human infectious diseases. These collaborative studies include dengue virus, adeno-associated virus, coxsackie virus, enterohepatic helicobacters, campylobacters, and anaplasma.

Updated August 23, 2022