Anna Polaski

Ph.D. Student - Entered Fall 2014
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Biological Sciences

Kolber Lab, Mellon Hall 262
Phone: x2376
polaskia@duq.edu
http://www.scienceresearch.duq.edu/bio/biofac/bkolber/

Education:

B.S. Biology, Mercyhurst University, 2014
Research Project

The focus of my research is to investigate the role of exercise and stress on pain. Specifically, my work seeks to understand the effect of exercise dose and social anxiety on pain sensitivity in healthy human participants. I am also interested in examining the use of exercise and meditation as a therapeutic intervention for chronic pain patients. These experiments involve qualitative measures of pain and stress, as well as a series of quantitative sensory testing mechanisms to evaluate sensitivity and pain thresholds of human subjects before and after exercise intervention. In addition, I am interested in studying the effects of exercise and stress in an animal model of chronic pain. Using behavioral and molecular experiments, I strive to gain further insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pain conditions.

Publications

Kostek M, Polaski A, Kolber B, Ramsey A, Kranjec A, Szucs K. (2016). A protocol of manual tests to measure sensation and pain in humans. Journal of Visual Experimentation. (118), e54139, doi:10.3791/54130 (2016).

Abstracts

Polaski A, Kostek M, Szucs K, Kolber B. (2017). Dose-dependent effect of walking exercise on pressure pain in humans. Poster presentation at the American Pain Society conference in Pittsburgh, PA, May 18, 2017.

Polaski A, Szucs K, Kostek M, Gresko A, Leichtenberger C, Kolber B. (2017). Dose-dependent effect of walking exercise on pressure pain in female subjects. Poster presentation at the Graduate Student Research Symposium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17, 2017.

Szucs K, Kostek M, Kolber B, Kranjec A, Polaski A. (2016). Exploring the effect of exercise dose for the treatment of pain in humans. Poster presentation at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine annual conference in Chicago, IL, November 1, 2016.

Polaski A, Kostek M, Szucs K, Kolber B. (2016). Effect of exercise dose on sensitivity to noxious stimulation in healthy human subjects. Poster presentation at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience annual retreat in Wheeling, WV, September 10, 2016.

Furnari H, Evans C, Polaski A. (2016). Examining the physiological effects of anxiety on exercise in healthy human subjects. Poster presentation at the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Symposium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 29, 2016.

Evans C, Furnari H, Polaski A. (2016). Construction of a model for social exercise anxiety in healthy human subjects. Poster presentation at the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 29, 2016.

Sweetnich R, Polaski A, Kostek M, Kolber B, Szucs K. (2015). A new prescription for pain management in humans: does exercise dose matter? Poster presentation at the MARC-ACSM Regional Conference, Harrisburg, PA, November 7, 2015.

Polaski A, Kostek M, Kolber B, Szucs K (2015). Effect of exercise dosing on pain in healthy human subjects. Poster presentation at Graduate Student Research Symposium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, November 6, 2015.

Polaski A, Ramsey A, Szucs K, Kostek M, Kolber B (2015). Reliability of cost-effective human quantitative sensory testing for pain. Poster presentation at the 2015 Duquesne University Biological Sciences Retreat at Pymatuning Research Station in Linesville, PA, August 21, 2015. Poster presentation at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience annual retreat in Wheeling, WV, September 12, 2015.

Polaski A, Spacht D, Tymochko L, Elnitsky M (2013). Monitoring the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) in Pennsylvania: characterization of cold tolerance and overwintering physiology. Poster presentation at the 2013 Pennsylvania Academy of Science conference at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, PA, April 5, 2013.

Awards

Best Data Blitz, Duquesne Department of Biological Sciences Retreat. (August 20, 2016)

American Pain Society Young Investigator Travel Award. (December, 2017)