PowerPoint Presentation Archive

In response to several visitor requests, I've compiled the PowerPoint presentations that are featured on each monthly research update newsletter, a practice which began with the first issue of 2013. It will be updated when each newsletter is published, with its new PowerPoint presentation. Listed in reverse chronological order.

Title (& link; all .ppt files)
Brief Description
Management of Neuropathic Pain A 58-slide presentation on the state of the art in treating the special challenge of chronic neuropathic pain. Pitched at an educated, lay audience, this slideshow outlines what strategies are currently used to guide the treatment of the chronic neuropathic pain that plagues virtually all CRPS patients.
Feb. 2015 Plants, Medicine, and Culture A truly fascinating, 60-slide presentation on ethnobotany - the study of the use of plants by indigenous cultures for medicinal, spiritual, and other various applications.
Jan. 2015 Sedatives, Hypnotics, and Anxiolytics There's not a lot of pharmacological detail; the tone is more descriptive, designed to give the reader a familiarity with these important drugs - not a deep expertise.
Dec. 2014 Signal Transduction A great 46-slide intro. to the mechanism by which nerves transmit and propagate signals from cell to cell (neurons) as they travel to and from their target organ(s).
Nov. 2014 Managing Neuropathic Pain An up-to-date review of the various methods currently considered in patients with neuropathic pain.
Oct. 2014 Update in Pain Management Focuses on new developments in both SCS technology and intrathecal drug administration.
Sept. 2014 Sensory Systems A fascinating 46-slide presentation on how the body uses sensory nerves to monitor all of the different systems within our bodies, which can become dysfunctional in RSD.
Aug. 2014 Ketamine - A
Useful Tool
A very easy to follow, 30-slide outline of the exciting current uses being found for ketamine - the most important drug yet discovered.
July 2014 CRPS and Graded
Motor Imagery
An excellent, 73-slide presentation on how GMI is being used successfully in the UK to deal with CRPS.
June 2014 Ethnobotany A fascinating slideshow that outlines all of the drugs we get from plants, which comprise the majority of current drugs on the market.
May 2014 Anxiolytics These calming drugs used to be called tranquilizers, and currently involve, usually, benzodiazepines. This slideshow also covers hypnotic, or sleep-inducing drugs, which are often but not always benzos.
Apr. 2014 History of Plant Use in Medicine A really interesting history of mankind's use of medicinal plants, from many centuries BC to the current uses, some of which haven't changed much over time (like extracting morphine from opium poppies).
Mar. 2014 CRPS Lecture Apparently, this is a slideshow meant to accompany a lecture, perhaps in med. school, on CRPS. Starts with its first description during the Civil War, and comes to the present. Fascinating.
Feb. 2014 Chronic Pain Self-Test A 120-slide presentation, the first half of which is a thorough, multiple choice test to pinpoint the type of pain you have. The rest is a series of informational slides on chronic pain and its treatment.
Jan. 2014 Interventional Pain Practices A great summary, from the Beth-Israel Hospital in NYC, which discussed more invasive treatments for CRPS such as pumps, spinal stimulators, and nerve blocks.
Dec. 2013 Glutamate Receptors This large family of receptors is the most important excitatory neurotransmitter in the CNS, and is intimately involved in many of the symptoms of CRPS.
Nov. 2013 Sensory Systems A nice summary of the various distortions that CRPS causes in our senses to change the way we smell, taste, etc.
Oct. 2013
The drugs that stimulate the sympathetic nervous system are called "sympathomimetic". The group includes stimulants, bronchodilators, etc. Tend to activate the "fight or flight" response.
Sept. 2013
A very good summary of the different types of opioids, which is primarily descriptive, so that you don't have to know any chemistry to understand it (not that you'd want to avoid it).
Aug. 2013
A collection of applications of ketamine during different parts of surgery - before, during, and after. Much physiology of pain signal transmission and blockade.
July 2013
The correlation of certain drugs' properties with their actions in the body: absorption, crossing bipolar cell membranes, metabolism, excretion, stereochemistry, lipid solubility, ionization, etc.
June 2013
A very good summary of the historical and present drugs used to induce sleep - hypnotics - mainly benzodiazepines (BZs) and newer, non-BZ drugs.
May 2013
A thorough history and outline of CRPS, meant to accompany a case presentation to medical students. It's completely descriptive, though, and is easy to follow and understand.
Apr. 2013
From Beth-Israel Hospital, a presentation of neuropathic pain - what it is, how it's differentially diagnosed, the many treatment options, prognosis, etc. Very complete.
Mar. 2013
Very basic and easily-understood series on the types and descriptions of pain, its effects (including psychological), and the metrics to be included in the design of drug trials.
Feb. 2013
Nice background on the neurophysiology of pain, how current pain drugs work, what the deficiencies are, and several characteristics that would constitute an ideal analgesic.
Jan. 2013
Great graphics facilitate understanding pain transmission, types of involved nerves, intracellular mechanism of sensitization, and the potential methods for pain modulation.
Thanks to a site visitor suggestion, this archive is born!