Learn about the neurobiology of pain at Beer with a Scientist, Aug. 17

Did you ever wonder why your head hurts when you eat cold ice cream? 

At this month’s Beer with a Scientist, Kristofer Rau, PhD, researcher at the UofL School of Medicine, will discuss the neurobiology of why we feel pain. He’ll give an introduction to the neuroanatomy involved in pain processing and explain why the “funny bone” hurts so often, why we get ice cream headaches, why amputees feel pain in a lost limb and other topics.

Rau is a senior research scientist in the UofL Department of Anesthesiology and a member of the Louisville Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. His work focuses on the neurobiology of pain and the electrophysiological and molecular changes that occur following tissue injury and spinal cord trauma.

Kristofer Rau, Ph.D.
Kristofer Rau, Ph.D.

The program begins at 8 p.m. on August 17 at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session.


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Upcoming Beer With a Scientist events: 

  • Andrea Behrman, PhD, UofL Department of Neurological Surgery, September 14.
  • Beer with a Scientist founder, Levi Beverly, PhD, will speak at the Research!Louisville event, October 12.
Betty Coffman
Betty Coffman is a Communications Coordinator focused on research and innovation at UofL. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing.