Coordination and support of trans-NIH pain research and activities through the NIH Pain Consortium and trans-agency pain research through the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee
Dr. Linda Porter joined the NINDS in 2003 as a Program Director in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Porter received a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy from McGill University. Her clinical practice focused on developmental disabilities. She later earned a Ph.D. in neuroanatomy from Boston University School of Medicine. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University, she trained with Hiroshi Asanuma in neurophysiology of sensory-motor systems. She was on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) for 15 years before joining the NINDS. During those years she directed an NIH funded research program aimed at elucidating mechanisms of sensory-motor integration at the cortical level. She also studied the effects of various neuromodulators on developing cortical neurons and their neuroprotective influence over neurons in the mature cortex. She taught in the Graduate Neuroscience Program and the School of Medicine at USUHS. Dr. Porter directs the Office of Pain Policy at NINDS. This office was created by Dr. Francis Collins based on recommendations in the report generated from the 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Conference on Pain. The conference was one of several pain-relevant mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. In this capacity, Dr. Porter provides guidance and coordination of the NIH pain research programs through collaboration with the NIH Pain Consortium and supports the activities and programs of the consortium. She also serves as the Designated Federal Official for the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, an entity established though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to address issues relevant to the federal pain research portfolio. She facilitates and supports activities and programs of this trans-agency committee.