Heavner Basic Science Lectureship

The James Heavner Basic Science Lectureship Award is an annual award created by the Texas Pain Society to honor the memory and efforts of TPS Board Member, Dr. James Heavner.

This award will be presented to an individual each year during the TPS Annual Meeting.

The Board of Directors will select the person to receive the award based on the individual’s research and academic achievements, professional contributions to pain management as well as patient care and advocacy among other factors.


 2021 10th Annual James Heavner Basic Science Lectureship Award: Tony L. Yaksh, Ph.D 

Tony L. Yaksh obtained his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University (1971).  He served in the U.S. Army (Captain Cmlcin the Biomedical Laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal, MD (1971-73), was a research scientist in the School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin (1973-76) and an Associate Research Scientist in Anatomy at University College London with Pat Wall (1976-77). He worked at the Mayo Clinic with Dr. Frederick Kerr in Rochester, MN in Pharmacology and Neurosurgery (1977-1988), where he rose to the rank of Consultant and Professor.  Dr. Yaksh joined University of California San Diego in 1988 as Professor and Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology, and Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. 

His research has been on the biology of pain processing. This work  has provided a basis for understanding the pharmacology of the spinal and dorsal root ganglion gating of pain information.  He is an expert in spinal drug kinetics and evaluation of spinal drug safety  and  has published more than 850 papers and edited 6 texts.  His work has garnered over 53,000 citations in over 31,000 papers. He has been a mentor to more than 150 postdoctoral fellows and trainees. He has been funded consistently by NIH since 1977 and has twice  been a Javitz Award recipient  from NIH. 

Dr. Yaksh has received several honors, including the Kerr Award from the American Pain Society, the Seldon Memorial Lecturer award from the International Anesthesia Research Society, the American Society of Anesthesiologists award for Excellence in Research and the FAER-Helrich lectureship, the Torsten Gordh lecturer award from the Swedish Society of Medicine, the Bonica Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain, and  lifetime achievement/service  awardfrom the North American Neuromodulation Society and from European Society of Regional Anesthesia. 


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November 2018
October 2017
October 2016
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October 2012 
November 2011

Arnold I. Caplan, Ph.D
Carl Erickson, PhD 
Hemmo Bosscher MD, PhD
Srinivasa Raja, MD
Arthur G. Lipman, PHARM D, FASHP
LiYen Mae Huang, PhD
Volker Neugebauer, MD
Howard Gutstein, MD
James Heavner, DVM, PhD