Dr. Jelena M. Janjic “Dr.J” 


Dr. Janjic holds a pharmacy degree from Belgrade University, S.R. Yugoslavia and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. She completed post-doctoral training at Scripps Florida in drug discovery and Carnegie Mellon University in imaging nanotechnology. She is full time faculty at Duquesne University Pharmacy School since 2009. Dr. Janjic is the Founder and has served as a Co-Director of Chronic Pain Research Consortium at Duquesne University, since May 2011. CPRC. She also serves as the ORISE Faculty fellow and a Principal Scientist with the 59th Medical Wing USA Air Force, USAISR.

She pioneered nanotechnology development for chronic pain and her work is supported by NIH and USA Air Force. The theranostic pain nanomedicine she designed is able to simultaneously image and modulate immune cells for therapeutic intervention in a number of inflammatory diseases including chronic pain. Her work on pain nanomedicine drew international and national attention. She won the Pittsburgh Business Times Innovator Award and was inducted into Duquesne University Research Hall of Fame in 2018. For the past 10 years, her focus was nanotechnology for imaging and drug delivery with two patents, more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and invited presentations at national and international meetings.

In her talk, Dr. Jelena Janjic will challenge the current approach to designing pain medicines and takes her audience through innovations in nanotechnology that take a unique approach to remedy and diagnose pain.