Ilona Obara is Senior Lecturer and Director of Research in the School of Pharmacy at the Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She received an MSc in Biology from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2000) and earned a PhD in Medical Sciences (with distinction) from the Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland (2007). During her PhD training, she was awarded a START scholarship from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and The Konorski Award-National Neuroscience Highlight of the Year from the Polish Neuroscience Society. She then conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (2007-2009), at the University College London, London, UK (2009-2012) and at the University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (2012). In 2012, she joined the faculty in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at the Durham University, Durham, UK (UK) as a Lecturer in Pharmacology. Prior to joining the Newcastle University in 2017, she was promoted to a Senior Lecturer. Her scientific interests involve understanding the etiology and neurobiology of the symptoms and processes of chronic pain. Her studies employ a combination of pharmacological, behavioural and immunochemical approaches in the understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuroplasticity induced by nerve/tissue injury in chronic pain. She aims to bridge the gap between newly identified molecular mechanisms involved in pain processing and effective and safe (without side effects) strategies for the control of pain, including improvement of opioid effectiveness. Currently on-going projects focus on the understanding of the contribution of the peripheral histamine system in the regulation of neuropathic pain as well as she is interested in the development of pre-clinical models of spinal cord stimulation and chronic pain to identify novel stimulation methods for rodents that would better reproduce clinical SCS procedures.