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Journal of Pain & Relief

 
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Editorial Board

 
Xiulu Ruan

Editor-in-Chief
Xiulu Ruan

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine
USA


 Biography :

Xiulu Ruan, MD, a fellowship trained, multi-boarded pain management specialist, has achieved 8 medical board/subspecialty board certifications in the United States - setting the world record for the Most medical board certifications, according to the World Records Academy.

Dr. Xiulu Ruan attended the Shandong Medical University (formerly Medical School of QiLu University), from 1982 to 1988. He came to US in 1989, attended graduate school at LSU, Baton Rouge and received his Master of Natural Sciences in 1993.  

"To me, the practice of medicine is not just a profession, but a life-long commitment that calls for dedication to excellence. This dedication has led me to pursue an added measure of expertise via board certifications," Dr. Xiulu said.

His formal medical training in the US includes an internship in the Department of Medicine, Worcester Medical Center, Worcester, MA; Residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI; Clinical Interventional Pain Management Fellowship training in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Ruan was fortunate to be the 1st non-anesthesiology physician recruited as a Clinical Interventional Pain Fellow by the Department of Anesthesiology of University of Michigan Medical Center.

  Dr. Xiulu Ruan has achieved 8 medical board/subspecialty board certifications in the United States:
  # Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine;
  # Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation;
  # Diplomate, American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians;
  # Diplomate, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine;
  # Diplomate, American Board of Addiction Medicine;
  # Diplomate, American Board of Independent Medical Examiners;
  # Diplomate, Subspecialty of Pain Medicine by American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation;
  # Diplomate, Subspecialty of Neuromuscular Medicine by American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation;
  # Fellow, Interventional Pain Practice, World Institute of Pain.

  Board certification is the process by which a physician (M.D. or D.O.), dentist (DDS or DMD), pharmacist (Pharm.D.), or podiatrist (DPM) in the United States demonstrates through either written, practical, and/or simulator based testing, a mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define an area of medical specialization.

  Physicians seeking board certification in a given area of specialty must successfully complete and pass an examination process designed to test their mastery of the minimum knowledge and skills contained in the core competency document.
  Prior to taking the examination, a physician must graduate with a degree, either MD or DO, and meet all other prerequisites to certification as set out by the certifying agency or "board."

  "My career goal is to become that physician, in the history of United States, who has achieved the most medical board/sub-specialty board certifications of all time; and be able to translate what I have learned into best patient care," Dr. Xiulu Ruan said.

 "In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and work with my three German Shephards. I also like to watch track & field events, soccer, football, and poker games. I am also a exotic car fan who like to ride sports cars."

Biography
 Research Interest :

Intraspinal analgesic therapy, Optimizing treatment efficacy, and minimizing risk of complications/side effects through balanced analgesic combinations/rotations

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Geoffrey Burnstock

Geoffrey Burnstock, PhD
President, Autonomic Neuroscience Centre
Emeritus Professor and Convener, Centre for Neuroscience
Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology
University College London
UK

 Biography :

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock completed a BSc at King’s College London and a PhD at University College London. He held postdoctoral. fellowships with Wilhelm Feldberg (National Institute for medical Research), Edith Bulbring (University of Oxford) and C. Ladd Prosser (University of Illinois). He was appointed to a Senior Lectureship in Melbourne University in 1959 and became Professor and Chairman of Zoology in 1964. In 1975 he became Head of Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London and Convenor of the Centre of Neuroscience. He has been Director of the Autonomic Neuroscience Institute at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine since 1997. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 1971, the Royal Society in 1986 and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998. He was awarded the Royal Society Gold Medal in 2000. He is editor-in-chief of the journals Autonomic Neuroscience and Purinergic Signalling and serves on the editorial boards of many other journals. Geoffrey Burnstock’s major research interest has been autonomic neurotransmission and he is best known for his seminal discovery and definition of P2 purinergic receptors, their signaling pathways and functional relevance.
He has personally supervised nearly 100 PhD and MD students. Over 1400 original papers have been published since 1957. Also 72 invited review articles and 114 book chapters. In addition, 15 books have been published as well as a 15 Volume Book Series on the Autonomic Nervous System. He was recognised by Thomson ISI as the top international scientist for citations in Pharmacology and Toxicology from 1994-2006. He has been cited 63,205 times and he has an h-index of 114.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Heat shock protein enhancers and motor neurone disease
Purinergic mechanosensory transduction and pain
Purinergic signalling in the airways      
Purinergic signalling and bone formation/resorption
Purinergic signalling in embryonic development
Purinergic signalling in skin, prostate and bladder cancer
Purinergic signalling in the kidney
 

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Robert L Barkin

Robert L. Barkin
Professor
Department of Anesthesiology & Pharmacology
Rush University Medical College
Chicago

 Biography :

Dr. Robert L. Barkin is Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Family Medicine at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a clinical pharmacologist in a collaborative practice with 5 physician pain specialists at the NorthShore University Health System Department of Anesthesiology Pain Center’s of Skokie and Evanston Hospitals in Illinois. Dr. Barkin’s extensive daily practice is both outpatient and in-patient. Dr. Barkin designs patient specific pharmacotherpeutic treatment plans.

Following graduation from St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Dr. Barkin earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He then earned his Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Dr. Barkin is the author of more than 150 abstracts, CD-Rom programs, textbook chapters, and peer reviewed articles. He is Associate Editor for the American Journal of Therapeutics. He also serves as a reviewer for 28 peer-reviewed journals and on the Editorial Board of peer reviewed journals. He is frequently invited to speak on a wide variety of topics at both national and international conferences and seminars. Dr. Barkin is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, Diplomate of American Board of Forensic Medicine, Examiners, Psychologic Specialties in Psychopharmacology. Dr. Barkin was granted Scientific status with the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Pain – Acute and chronic
Postoperative pain, fibromyalgia, migraine headache
Neuropathic & nociceptive pain
Psychopharmacology

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Shan Ping Yu

Shan Ping Yu
Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Emory University
USA
Tel: 404-712-8678
Fax: 404-712-1351

Emory University
 Biography :

Dr. Shan Ping Yu, Professor of Anesthesiology. He is also O. Wayne Rollins Chair for Cancer Pain Research in Department of Anesthesiology from Department of Hematology and Oncology in Emory University School of Medicine. He is MD & MS, from Capital Institute of Medicine, Institute of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Beijing, China. He has done PhD, from Friendship Hospital, Beijing, China, Internship, State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY. He has done Postdoctoral training from Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research has been focused on ionic and molecular mechanisms underlying cell death and neurodegeneration related to brain disorders and cancer pain regulation. Specifically, we are interested in apoptotic regulation of potassium channels, NMDA receptor channels and Na+, K+-ATPase in neuronal and cancer cells. In this regard, they have been investigating the roles of channels receptors in cell differentiation, migration, pain sensation, and have integrated their research into stem cell therapy for CNS and PNS injuries.

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Michael Carter

Michael Carter
Professor
Department of Geriatrics
University of Tennessee
USA
Tel: 501-691-3427
Fax: 501-362-7436

University of Tennessee
 Biography :

Dr. Michael Carter holds bachelors and masters degrees in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His Doctor of Nursing Science degree is from Boston University and the Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee. He is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing; a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice and a Diplomate in the American Board of Comprehensive Care. He completed a Fellowship in Primary Care Health Policy the United States Public Health Service. For 18 years Dr. Carter served as Dean and Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he is currently a University Distinguished Professor. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Geriatrics. 

Biography
 Research Interest :

Primary research interests are in geriatrics including: Pain in elders, Dementia, Systems of care delivery for elders.

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Mirko Diksic

Mirko Diksic, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
McGill University
Montreal
Canada
Tel: 514-697-9489

 Biography :

Dr. Mirko Diksic is currently working as a Professor in Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Mc Gill University, Canada. He did his MSc and PhD from the University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia. He has been been honoured with various scholarships, Membership in Professional Associations. He is a Refree, Research Reviewer, Editorial Board Member for various journals. At Mc Gill University he was Commitee Member of Acting Radiation Safety Officer; MNI/H (1999-2000), Member and Chairman of the Radiation Safety Committee (1979-2010). His major areas of research interest includes: evaluation of the brain serotonergic system in humans using positron emission tomography and in animals using autoradiography, development of new biological models for brain protein synthesis with special emphasis on brain tumors. His publications include 260 papers published in refereed journals, 280 abstracts, 149 invited lectures, and 8 review articles in refereed journals. He is a coeditor of a book.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Development of new biological models for brain protein synthesis with special emphasis on brain tumors
Study of the brain serotonergic and dopaminergic systems in animals and humans Measurement of brain pathophysiological variables in humans using PET and animals using multi-tracer autoradiography
Development of new synthesis for radiopharmaceuticals labelled with short-lived positron emitting radionuclides

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Victor Leslie James Scott

Victor Leslie James Scott
Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburg
USA
Tel: 412-692-5260
Fax: 412-692-8658

 Biography :

Dr. Victor Leslie James Scott is currently a Visiting Professor in University of Pittsburgh and a Staff Anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine Anesthesiology Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He received his B.Sc. degree from SUNY Stony Brook, NY, M.D. from SUNY Health Science Center Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY and Post graduation from University of Pittsburgh.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Orthopedic anesthesia, post-operative cognitive dysfunction in elderly morbidly obese patients, epidural analgesia, analysis of anesthetic efficacy, Orthotopic Liver Transplantation, Pulmonary Disease in Hepatic Failure, Human Hepatocyte Transplantation for Acute Decompensated Liver Failure for Genetic Disorders, Autologous Islet Cell Transplantation for Genetic Related Chronic Pancreatitis, ICP monitoring for Pediatric Fulminant Hepatic Failure

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Hae-Ryong Song

Hae-Ryong Song, M.D, Ph.D
Professor, Director of Rare Diseases Institute
Director of The fusion-therapy center for bone defect/disease Chairman of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Korea University Medical Center Guro Hospital
Korea
Tel : 82-2-2626-3086
Fax : 82-2-863-6063

 Biography :

Dr. Hae-Ryong Song is  a  Professor, Director of Rare Diseases Institute in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Korea University Medical Center Guro Hospital; Director of the fusion-therapy center for bone defect/disease; President of the Korean Paediatric Orthopaedic Society; Head Professor of Orthopedic Surgery in Korea University. He did his MD and PhD in Medicine from College of Medicine Korea University, Seoul, Korea.  He published 149 articles in International Journals, published & books, honoured with various awards. His area of specialisation is Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

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Pedro Paulo Tanaka

Pedro Paulo Tanaka, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Departmentof Anesthesiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
USA
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 Biography :

Dr. Pedro Paulo Tanaka is the director of orthopedic rotation. He is interested in resident education and he sits at the Educational Committee. His research focus in the next 4 years is post-operative cognitive dysfunction in elderly morbidly obese patients. He graduate in Brazil in 1988, developed his carrier there until he move to US 5 years ago as a visiting professor. He had the opportunity to organize major anesthesia meetings in Brazil for many years. He served as president of Parana State Society of Anesthesiology from 2005-2006.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Orthopedic anesthesia, Post-operative cognitive dysfunction in elderly morbidly obese patients, Epidural analgesia, Analysis of anesthetic efficacy

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Inna Belfer

Inna Belfer, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology & Human Genetics
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tel: 412-468-1342
Fax: 412-468-9587

 Biography :

Dr. Inna Belfer is a human geneticist whose primary interest has been the relationship between genotypes and complex phenotypes such as pain, psychiatric disorders, and addictions. Her laboratory research addresses the transformation of acute pain into chronic pain and genetic factors contributing to this process. New association studies are performed in independent cohorts of neuropathic pain. A particular focus of most recent studies has been on the effect of genotype on the neurobiology of primary afferent neurons in human dorsal root ganglia. The later studies use a combination of molecular techniques on post-mortem nerve tissues from regular autopsies and fresher samples from organ donors.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Inna Belfer is a human geneticist whose primary interest has been the relationship between genotypes and complex phenotypes such as pain, psychiatric disorders, and addictions. Functional genomics studies included the effect of common polymorphism on the neurobiology of primary afferent neurons in human dorsal root ganglia using donor post-mortem nerve tissues. A particular focus of current research is the development of large well-phenotyped chronic pain cohorts for genetic association studies.

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Charles David Boucek

Charles David Boucek, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tel: 412-648-6952
Fax: 648-6014

 Biography :

Dr. Charles David Boucek, MD attended the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh (B.S. 1974). He is a graduate of Temple University Medical School (M.D. 1978) and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian University Hospital (Pittsburgh) and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was the founding medical director of the Center for Pain Evaluation and Treatment of the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh and is the Coordinator of the Anesthesiology Grand Rounds program. He is a member of the Liver Transplantation and Thoracic Anesthesia Teams. Interests include abdominal transplantation, Medical Education, simulation training, and medical ethics.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Abdominal transplantation, Medical Education, Simulation training, Medical ethics

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Chuanyao Tong

Chuanyao Tong, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest University, USA
Tel: 336-716-4498
Fax: 336-716-8190

 Biography :

Dr. Chuanyao Tong was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Graduated from Fudang University (former Shanghai Medical University) in 1983, received resident training in both surgery and anesthesia. In 1989, he did postdoctoral training in the anesthesia department of Bowman Gray School of Medicine, and became research faculty in 1991. He Passed NBME in 1995 and started anesthesia resident in North Carolina Baptist Hospital 996-2000, and stayed on as faculty since then. His clinical interests are neurosurgical anesthesia, trauma, vascular, and urogynecological anesthesia. Meanwhile, his research was to understand the neurophysiology of labor, and to develop an animal model for labor pain in rats, which received funding from FAER/ASA (Foundation of Anesthesia Education and Research, 2002-2004), and NIHRO1 (2004-2008). He was working in the Pain Mechanism Lab lead by James C. Eisenach at Wake Forest University Medical Center; meanwhile he was co-investigator in cooperation with colleagues interested in pain research.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Spinal pharmacology, Labor pain, Visceral pain, Postoperative pain, Afferent electrophysiology, Neurosurgical anesthesia, Trauma anesthesia, Vascular surgery anesthesia, Anesthesia for robotic surgery for urology and gynecology

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Gregory Dembo

Gregory Dembo, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Washington, USA
Tel: 206-543-8606

 Biography :

Dr. Gregory Dembo completed his M.D. from First Academician Leningrad High Medical School, St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia in 1972-1978. Presently working as an Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Seattle, Washington. He is also the Director of Division of transplant Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interests are the patient safety during the Transplant surgery, Prevention and treatment of the postreperfusion injury, Massive bleeding, Organ preconditioning, Pain after the Liver transplantation surgery

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Shamsuddin Akhtar

Shamsuddin Akhtar, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Tel: 203-785-2802
Fax: 203-785-6664

 Biography :

Dr. Shamsuddin Akhtar received his MBBS degrees from the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, and his residency in Anesthesiology from State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York. He subsequently went on to do fellowship in Critical Care Anesthesiology at Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Vascular and Thoracic Anesthesia fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, all in USA from 1991-1998. He joined faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine after his fellowship and is currently Associate Professor of Anesthesiology. He is an author of 32 articles, book chapters, editorial and 32 abstracts. He is Director of Medical Studies, in his department Chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Publication Committee and a manuscript reviewer of number of journals.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His major area of research and clinical interest are: care of the high-risk patient undergoing non-cardiac surgery, Perioperative glycemic control, Perioperative care of geriatric patient and critical care, Vascular, Thoracic, Geriatric, High-risk anesthesia, General anesthesia: Critical care, Perioperative & Adult Anesthesiology

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Tetsuro Sakai

Tetsuro Sakai, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tel: 412-648-6943
Fax: 412-648-6014

 Biography :

As a member of Hepatic Transplant Anesthesia, Dr. Sakai has conducted clinical studies in the outcome of liver transplantation as well as liver resection. He also serves Director, Resident Research Rotation, Department of Anesthesiology, to supervise senior residents research projects.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Cell transplantation, Neuroprotection using stem cells, Liver transplantation anesthesiology, Quality improvement in anesthesiology, Education in anesthesiology (resident research education)

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James Gordon Cain

James Gordon Cain, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Trauma Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tel: 412-692-5260
Fax: 412-692-8685

 Biography :

Dr. James Gordon Cain did his graduation from University of Scranton, M.B.A. (anticipated) and M.D from University of Pittsburgh. He worked as postdoctoral student Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University School of Medicine. At present he is working as Visiting Associate Professor in University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Director, Perioperative Medical Services, Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Director, Trauma Anesthesiology, Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Traumatology, Cardiac and pulmonary physiology, Dexmedetomidine

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Anatoly E Martynyuk

Anatoly E. Martynyuk, PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience
University of Florida
USA
Tel: 352-281-7656

University of Florida
 Biography :

Dr. Anatoly Martynyuk was trained at the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology in Kyiv, Ukraine where he received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees under the mentorship of Dr. Platon Kostyuk, a pioneer of modern electrophysiology. After receiving his doctoral degrees, he continued to work at the institute collaborating with Dr. Kostyuk in the area of neuronal cell electrophysiology. In 1993-96, he decided to complement his prior research training in neuronal electrophysiology by doing a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiac research at the University of Glasgow, United kingdom. During his time in Scotland, he studied the ionic mechanisms underlying the effects of adenosine on single, isolated atrioventricular (AV) nodal myocytes. He continued these studies at the University of Florida. His collaborators and he had obtained important experimental results providing an explanation for the increase in efficacy of adenosine action in the heart during supraventricular tachycardia (rate-dependent effect of adenosine). The mechanisms of this clinically important action of adenosine difficult to explain based on known action of the nucleoside-activation of the time-independent inwardly-rectifying potassium current. He found that adenosine also augments a delayed rectifying K+ current and slows recovery from inactivation of a high threshold Ca2+ current in AV nodal cells. Because of specific kinetic properties, these ionic currents may mediate more efficient action of adenosine at fast heart rate. He also demonstrated that this effect of adenosine can further be potentiated by hyperkalemia and free oxygen radicals, which are released in increased amounts during ischemia/reperfusion. The sensitization of the AV node to the depressant effects of adenosine during ischemia provides means whereby adenosine causes AV nodal conduction block, even at concentrations of the nucleoside that are ordinarily subthreshold for its negative dromotropic effect under normal conditions.

Biography
 Research Interest :

His research interests is the mechanisms underlying the causes of epilepsy in phenylketonuria (PKU). Despite the fact that hyperphenylalaninemia is the most common biochemical cause of mental retardation in man, the cellular mechanisms that underlie impaired brain function remain unclear. His group obtained evidence that phenylalanine-caused depression of glutamatergic synaptic transmission in the brain may be a major player in etiology of PKU. The credibility and importance of this approach is evident from the publications in Molecular Psychiatry, Brain, Epilepsia. The antiglutamatergic action of phenylalanine is unique in that that it depresses functioning of glutamate synapse at multiple pre- and postsynaptic sites. Considering the polyvalent antiglutamatergic action of phenylalanine, he suggested that derivatives of phenylalanine with greater potency may be safe and efficacious neuroprotectors in conditions characterized by excessive activation of excitatory glutamatergic synaptic transmission. They tested this hypothesis using rat models of focal brain ischemia, several rodent models of epileptic seizures and sensorimotor gating deficit. The results of these studies were published in Stroke, Mol. Pharmacol., Br. J. Pharmacol and served as the experimental basis for several patents. His current research at U.F predominantly focuses on investigation of the cellular mechanisms contributing to immediate and delayed neurological, cognitive and metabolic defects caused by anesthesia with sevoflurane and isoflurane in neonatal.

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Brendan Carvalho

Brendan Carvalho
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Stanford University, USA

Stanford University
 Biography :

Dr. Brendan Carvalho is currently as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Stanford University Medical Center, California, USA. He received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 1994 and specialized in Anesthesiology in the United Kingdom obtaining his FRCA from the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2000. After completing an Obstetric Anesthesia fellowship at Stanford University, he remained on staff at Stanford University Medical Center.

Biography
 Research Interest :

He is primarily interested in clinical and translational research covering various aspects related to cesarean anesthesia and labor analgesia. His current area of research focus is post-cesarean pain, predicting pain, pregnancy-induced changes in pain perception, long-acting neuraxial opioids, and patient-controlled epidural labor analgesia. In addition, he has done research on patient perception of cesarean anesthesia risk, determination of effective local anesthetic dosing for intrathecal cesarean anesthesia and peripartum experimental pain thresholds and tolerances. His main research interest lies in developing novel ways of improving post-cesarean and peripartum labor pain. He hope to understand pregnancy-induced changes in pain perception and the mechanism behind post-operative pain. In the future,he hope we will be able to identify patients at risk and prevent the development persistent post-cesarean pain.

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Alimorad G Djalali

Alimorad G. Djalali, MD, PhD
Director of Abdominal Surgery Rotation
Department of Anesthesiology
Stanford University, USA
Tel: 617-827-3608

 Biography :

Dr. Alimorad G. Djalali finished his medical education in Germany where he also worked on his doctoral thesis focusing on microcirculation and anesthetic agents. Right from the beginning he was interested in genuine science, but was not always encouraged by predominantly unscientific ways science was approached. In his quest for more professionalism he moved to the US where he completed a fellowship and residency for the second time. The work environment at the Brigham and Women’s hospital was much closer to what he had in mind. During that time he had the opportunity to work with remarkable individuals who partially restored his fate in science. He is currently working at Stanford University as a staff physician involved in patient care, teaching, administration, and clinical research.

Biography
 Research Interest :

He is interested in multiple areas of anesthesia, Not limited to microcirculation, Ventilation, Pain management, Clinical pharmacology, Local anesthetics, The role of anesthesiologist in patient outcome etc.

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Lisbeth Birk Moller

Lisbeth Birk Møller, PhD
Senior scientist
Applied Human Molecular Genetics
Kennedy Center
Copenhagen University Hospital
Denmark
Tel: +45 43 26 01 00
Fax: +45 43 43 11 30

 Biography :

Lisbeth Birk Møller’s research has been focused on functional analyses of proteins at molecular and genetic level. She investigated the effect of mutations in several proteins and concentrated on the effect of disease causing mutations. For years she has been investigated mutations leading to different neurological disorders such as; Menkes disease, Wilson Disease, Phenyl Ketonuria and Dopa responsive dystonia (due to mutations in Tyrosine Hydroxylase or GTP-Cyclohydrolase 1). She has been focused on genotype/phenotype correlations. For the last five years she has been interested in the contribution of genetic factors in pain perception, in order to understand mechanisms underlying pain sensitivity. She also investigated the effect of mutations in the GTP-Cyclohydrolase 1. She investigated a mice model for GTP-cyclohydrolase deficiency (hph-1 mice) and investigated patients with Doparesponsive dystonia due to mutations in GTP-cyclohydrolase 1.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Genetic contribution to Pain perception
Mechanisms in pain sensitivity
Genetic disorders

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Jan M Keppel Hesselink

Jan M. Keppel Hesselink
Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Witten Herdecke
Netherlands

 Biography :

Dr. Jan M. Keppel Hesselink, MD, PhD is professor of molecular pharmacology at the university of Witten/Herdecke (Germany). He was elected as Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Faculty in Medicine (FFPM) in the UK. He worked several years at Bayer AG in Germany as VP CNS and business head CNS. He was advisor R&D and business strategies to the Dutch Royal Acadamy of Science (KNAW). Currently he is a consultant for life science companies and investors, founder of the Chonic Pain Coalition and of the Institute for Neuropathic Pain. His current focus is topical analgesic cream development and endocannabinoids as analgesics.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Jan M. Keppel Hesselink current focus is topical analgesic cream development and endocannabinoids as analgesics.

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Beth Darnall

Beth Darnall, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Stanford University Medical Center
USA
Tel: 650-721-7208

 Biography :

Dr. Darnall is a clinical associate professor at Stanford University. As a pain psychologist and researcher, she treats and studies people who have chronic pain of all types. Overarching themes of her research include chronic pain in women and optimizing the mind-body connection to treat pain. Her current and past studies have focused on pain mechanisms in women, inflammatory responses following pain catastrophizing, understanding the influence of psychological experience on labor and labor outcomes in nulliparous women, understanding opioid prescribing patterns for women with chronic pain, developing gender specific behavioral chronic pain treatment for incarcerated women with substance abuse, and self-delivered mirror therapy for phantom pain (a virtual reality pain treatment). Based on the success of her pilot study on self-delivered mirror therapy, in 2010 she developed “Do It Yourself Mirror Therapy ©” a DVD tool designed to teach amputees with phantom pain how to treat their phantom pain at home with mirror therapy. Dr. Darnall is the past president of the Pain Society of Oregon, is advisor to the board for End the Pain Project (a non-profit organization dedicated to the global reduction of phantom pain), is on the board of directors of For Grace (a non-profit organization dedicated to the equal and ethical treatment of women with chronic pain), and is on the board of the directors of the Foundation for Ethics in Pain Care. She has several leadership roles within the American Pain Society.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Opioid prescribing patterns
Risks and consequences of long term opioids
Mirror therapy
Phantom pain
Sex/gender differences in pain and pain treatment
Pain catastrophizing
Pain psychology
Psychoneuroimmunology
Cytokines and pain

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Patricia Dalby

Patricia Dalby, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tel: 412-641-4260
Fax: 412-641-4766

 Biography :

Dr. Dalby has a long-standing commitment to research development, research implementation, and research education. Her research interests have been threefold: 1) Basic pain physiology research. 2) Postoperative pain and nausea and vomiting prevention. 3) Obstetrical anesthesia outcome measures. She has been actively involved with research since she came to the University of Pittsburgh and has consistently contributed to all parts of the research process from serving in the initial advisory and developmental research arena, to executing many research protocols. From 1992 until 1999, Dr. Dalby was a member of the Magee-Womens’ Hospital Institutional Review Board where she monthly reviewed research protocols. Similarly she has reviewed protocols as a member of Magee-Womens Hospital Research Institute. Currently she is a reviewer on the Department of Anesthesiology Scientific Affairs Committee as well as a member of the departmental Risk Management Committee, which reviews departmental seed grant and clinical trials proposals respectively, as well as applications to the departmental research fellowship program.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Basic pain physiology research, Postoperative pain and nausea and vomiting prevention, Obstetrical anesthesia outcome measures. She has participated in many parts of the research process from serving in the initial advisory and developmental research arena, to executing many research protocols

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Michael Gofeld

Michael Gofeld, MD
Dept of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of Washington, USA
Tel: 206-598-4243
Fax: 206-598-8776

 Biography :

Dr. Michael Gofeld was a medical student at Simferopol, Ukraine. He is now working as an Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and Neurological Surgery at University of Washington. He is the founder of the Interventional Pain Special Interest Group in Canadian Pain Society and the Ultrasound in Pain Medicine Special Interest Group American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). He is also a member of the Emerging Technologies Assessment Committee at NANS. He is the Medical Director of American Association Pain Management in Ultrasound (AAPMU).

Biography
 Research Interest :

Interventional cancer pain management, Peripheral and spinal cord stimulation, Intrathecal drug delivery, Vertebral augmentation, Ultrasonography

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Andrea M Trescot

Andrea M. Trescot, MD
Director, Trescot Pain Fellowship
Algone Pain Center
USA

 Biography :

Dr. Andrea Trescot, MD is past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), a former professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and previous director of the pain fellowship programs at the University of Washington and the University of Florida. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina, with internship and residency in anesthesia at Bethesda Naval Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at National Children\\s Hospital in Washington. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice, and chair of the US section of the World Institute of Pain. Dr. Trescot is board certified in anesthesia, pain management, interventional pain management and critical care. She was a pain clinic director in private practice for 20 years before she moved to academics. She returned to private practice, where she splits her time between Alaska and Florida. Dr. Trescot has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and she is co-author of PainWise – A Patient’s Guide to Pain Management, and co-editor of the three-volume textbook Pain Medicine & Interventional Pain Management – A Comprehensive Review. She speaks nationally and internationally on topics of pain medicine and interventional pain management.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Genetics of opioids and pain, urine and saliva monitoring, peripheral nerve entrapments, and cryoneuroablation.

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Emil Annabi

Emil Annabi, MD
Director of Chronic Pain Management
University of Arizona
USA

 Biography :

Dr. Emil Annabi, M.D is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Chronic Pain Management at the University of Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso. He attended medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and then received his Certificate of Fifth Pathway Completion from New York Medical. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and continued on to a residency in Anesthesiology at Texas Tech University before transferring to the University of Arizona. Dr. Annabi completed a Pain Medicine Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital. During this one-year fellowship, he trained under seven pain management specialists from the fields of neurology, psychiatry, orthopaedic surgery, and anesthesiology.

Biography
 Research Interest :

The receptor specificity of propofol and fospropofol, Transforaminal Blood Patch for the Treatment of Chronic Headache from Intracranial Hypotension, Application of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia, Subdural intrathecal catheter placement, Intrathecal Microdosing, Hemoglobin based oxygen carriers, and A Comparison of Transcutaneous PCO2 Levels, Sedation Levels, and Pain Scores in Post-Surgical Opioid Naïve and Opioid Tolerant Patients in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.

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Houman Danesh

Houman Danesh, MD
Director of Integrative Pain Management
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
USA
Tel: 212-241-6372

 Biography :

Houman Danesh, MD, is a Director of Integrative Pain Management in the The Mount Sinai Medical Center, USA, is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychobiology, and Georgetown University, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics. He completed his medical School training at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Following a medical internship at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Danesh completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai and additionally completed his Fellowship in Pain Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Danesh is also certified in Medical Acupuncture. He has given grand rounds on the benefits of yoga for low back pain and is also actively involved in research of yoga, acupuncture, and pain management. Dr. Danesh has a particular interest in combining the benefits of interventional pain management (including transforaminal epidural injections, facet blocks, spinal cord stimulator trials, kyphoplasty, and ablations) with acupuncture, guasha, yoga, cupping, and physical therapy. He has spearheaded the creation of the Division of Integrative Pain Management that he is directing within the Mount Sinai FPA Pain Management practice. Dr. Danesh’s background and his approach to pain management provide an individualized integrative approach to helping patients in pain.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Danesh has a particular interest in combining the benefits of interventional pain management (including transforaminal epidural injections, facet blocks, spinal cord stimulator trials, kyphoplasty, and ablations) with acupuncture, guasha, yoga, cupping, and physical therapy.

 

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Riccardo Torta

Riccardo Torta, PhD
Associate Professor
Clinical and Oncological Psycology
Department of Neuroscience
University of Turin
Italy

University of Turin
 Biography :

Dr. Riccardo Torta is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Department of Neuroscience in the University of Turin, Italy He is also Director of Clinical & Onchological Psychology at S. Giovanni Battista Hospital. During the period of 1980-2005 , he was a Researcher at the Department of Neuroscience.

Dr. Torta has more than 500 printed publication (120 in English) & 20 books about psycho-oncology , mood depression & neurology, neuro-psycho-pharmacology & neuroscience.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Psycho-oncology, Mood depression & neurology, Neuro-psycho-pharmacology & neuroscience.

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Christine Rhoads

Christine Rhoads
Associate Professor
College of Business
Kutztown University
USA

Kutztown University
 Biography :

Dr. CJ Rhoads is an Associate Professor in the College of Business at Kutztown University. Her research interests include leadership development, business strategy, entrepreneurship, healthcare cost management, newly developed educational technologies, and integrative health practices. Her twenty five years of business experience runs the gamut from entrepreneurial startups in the technology industry to being Vice President in established Fortune 500 companies in the finance industry. She is a widely published author with six books and over 150 articles. She is also the series editor for Praeger Publishing in “The Entrepreneur’s Guide To…”, a highly-successful scholarly press imprint providing lessons in the complete spectrum of topics to help entrepreneurs start and flourish in business. Most recently, she has focused on Telehealth and Integrative Health Practices and their impact on Healthcare Costs, and was awarded a grant from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. She received her D.Ed. in Educational Technology with a minor in Business Administration from Lehigh University, and her M.Ed. from Temple University in Educational Psychology focusing on Instructional Design

Biography
 Research Interest :

Integrative health practices, healthcare cost management

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Jean Schoenen

Jean Schoenen, MD, PhD
Headache Research Unit
Department of Neurology
University of Liège
Citadelle Hospital
Belgium
Tel : +32(0)42238663
Fax : +32(0)42256451

University of Liege
 Biography :

Jean Schoenen, MD, PhD, after graduating from high school “Collège Patronné” in Eupen, has gained his medical degree in 1972 from Liège University. He was for 2 years an International Fogarty Fellow in the departments of Neurology and Neuropathology of the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School where he obtained certificates in Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuropathology. He is board-certified neurologist since 1979 and holds doctoral and post-doctoral degrees from Liège University. He was Research Director of the National Fund for Scientific Research-Belgium and Clinical Professor in Neurology before taking over Full Professorship at Liège University in 1998. He is acting chairman of the Department of Biomedical and Preclinical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine – Ulg. His Research work is focused on headache and spinal cord anatomy and pathology. He is leading the Headache Research Unit and Headache Clinic at Liège University. He has 910 publications among which 401 peer-reviewed articles (H index: 56 after 1996), 92 book chapters and 4 books. He is Associate Editor of Cephalalgia and Editor-in-chief of Acta Neurologica Belgica. He is a former President of the International Headache Society and of the Belgian Neurological Society. He is founding past president of the Belgian Brain Council.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Headache
Neuromodulation
Spinal cord anatomy and pathology

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Barbara Maher Rogers

Barbara Maher Rogers, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
The Ohio State University, USA
Tel: 614-293-8487
Fax: 614-293-8153

 Biography :

Dr. Barbara Maher Rogers did his B.S. from The Ohio State University College of Nursing and M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. At present she is working as an Assistant Professor in Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University. Her research focus in intra-operative care and pre-operative evaluation of surgical patients at OSU.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Intra-operative care and pre-operative evaluation of surgical patients.

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Lynn Cintron

Lynn Cintron MD, MS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Anesthesia
Stanford University
USA

Stanford University
 Biography :

Dr. Cintron have been an Anesthesia Attending and directed the Pain Service at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (a teaching hospital for Stanford) since 2001. Half of her time is spent on the pain service and the other half as an attending anesthesiologist in the operating room. She treat acute and chronic pain as well as cancer pain. She is also a member for the Spinal Cord Rehab team.

Because of my combined duties, she have had the opportunity to see former surgical patients with persistent pain. This led to her research interest several years ago in understanding why some patients continue to have pain long after they recover from surgery. She have presented this topic in various articles and lectures. It is important to educate our patients and surgical colleagues on long term consequences from surgery and how to minimize them. She encourage anesthesiologists to use “multimodal” analgesic techniques and to embrace the key role we play in peri-operative care for better outcomes. In addition she practice ultrasound guided pain procedures for spine and musculoskeletal pain. This application has revolutionized treatment for pain and holds promise in the area of regenerative medicine and related research.

Dr. Cintron medical school and graduate education were completed at the University of California (UCSD, UCLA). Her anesthesia training was done at the University of Iowa, which was followed by a pain fellowship at Stanford University. She have published, have several intellectual patents and am developing a website on better health. She continue to stay active with Stanford through various forums, teaching, workshops and clinical research. She enjoy the academic interactions these opportunities provide. This translates into better care for my patients. Of note, she value a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition and exercise. She encourage my patients and colleagues to stay active.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Pain management, Anesthesia

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen, PhD
Assistant professor in Division of Gastroenterology
Enteric Neuromuscular Disorders and Visceral Pain Center
Department of Internal Medicine
The University of Texas Medical Branch
USA

The University of Texas Medical Branch
 Biography :

Dr. Chen is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Chen earned her PhD degree in 1998 from the China Medical University, the Brain Research Institute. She then did seven years postdoctoral fellow and research scientist training at Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Pharmacy in MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and in Beijing Institute of Pharmacology & Toxicology prior to joining UTMB. Dr. Chen was also an Assistant Professor of Neuropharmacology at Neimeng National Medical University in China. Dr. Chen is a member of the International Association for Study of Pain and American Society of Neuroscience. She has been studying the mechanisms of neuropathic or visceral pain in inflammatory and functional G-I disorders for more than 15 years.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Visceral pain and hyperalgecia, Pain Management
Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology of enteric or DRG neurons and central nerve system
Signaling transduction, synaptic plasticity, regulation of receptor, ion channels or glia from disease and psychological chronic stress
Gender differences in developing visceral hypersensitivity, spontaneous pain and behavioral studies
Analgesics, Anticancer, anti-inflammation drugs as well as herbal medicine studies

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Rita B Merman

Rita B. Merman, MD
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tel: 412-623-2167
Fax: 412-623-0047

 Biography :

Dr. Rita B. Merman was born in a small town in the country of Belarus in 1962. She spent her childhood in a historical region of Polotsk, Belarus. She received her medical degree at the Minsk Medical School. Due to poor socio-economic climates, she decided to leave the country in pursuit of a better life in a free nation. The immigration process was not easy. It was through the support of her husband, a music composer, and her son that she was able to complete all three necessary USMLE steps within the span of a year. During residency, she did a year of preliminary surgery, which was extremely difficult but also very rewarding and beneficial. After finishing her anesthesiology residency at UAMS, she began her career as an anesthesiologist at UPMC. There she has been a pivotal part in constructing the biggest regional fellowship program in the United States since day one. Her roles there consist of clinical work, teaching, research and administrative duties.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Multimodal approach in acute postoperative pain management:
- Efficacy and Safety of Pregabalin
- Efficacy and Safety of Dexmedetomidine
Paravertebral blocks for postop pain management, Anticoagulation and regional anesthesia, Indications for Peripheral nerve blocks in Orthopedics, Urological, Thoracic and General anesthesia, Developing regional anesthesia fellowship and teaching

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Michelangelo Buonocore

Michelangelo Buonocore, MD
Head of the Clinical Neurophysiology
Salvatore Maugeri Foundation
Scientific Institute of Pavia
Italy

 Biography :

Michelangelo Buonocore is Head of the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit, Head of the Neurodiagnostic Skin Biopsy Lab and Co-head of the Research Centre on Pain Pathophysiology and Therapy at the “Salvatore Maugeri” Foundation, Scientific Institute of Pavia, Italy.

Dr Buonocore received his medical degree in 1984 from the University of Pavia. He went onto obtain postgraduate degrees in Clinical Neurophysiology in 1988 and in Physiotherapy in 1992. His major research interests are the mechanisms, diagnostic tools and rehabilitation strategies of painful syndromes with a special reference to neuropathic pain.

Dr Buonocore is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (SINC) and the Italian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SIMFER). He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Pavia on various postgraduate courses on “Pain Pathophysiology in Rehabilitation”, “Pain Neurophysiology” and “Pathophysiology of occupational neurological diseases”.

Dr Buonocore has authored several journal articles, book chapters and abstracts. His publications include articles in the journals Pain, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of the Autonomic Nervous System, Spine, Journal of Cellular Physiology and Minerva Anestesiologica.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Clinical diagnosis of pain syndromes
Neurophysiological diagnosis of neuropathic pain syndromes
Rehabilitation strategies for pain syndromes

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Francesco Staffieri DVM

Francesco Staffieri DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anesthesia
Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation
University of Bari
Italy

University of Bari
 Biography :

Dr. Francesco Staffieri is an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anesthesia, Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University of Bari in Italy. Dr. Staffieri is graduated, in Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Bari, Italy in 2002. In 2005 he discussed his PhD thesis about biotechnology applied to organ transplantation and integrated cellular therapies in oncology. From 2005 to 2009 he completed a residency program in veterinary anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA. Since 2005 he is assistant professor of veterinary anesthesia at the University of Bari, Italy. He is full time dedicated to the clinical and experimental research. His main fields of research are: pain and its treatment in small and large animals, locoregional analgesia, experimental animal models of ALI/ARDS, pulmonary atelectasis and its treatment during anesthesia in small and large animals, non invasive ventilation in small animal patients.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Pain and its treatment in small and large animals, locoregional analgesia, experimental animal models of ALI/ARDS, pulmonary atelectasis and its treatment during anesthesia in small and large animals, non invasive ventilation in small animal patients.

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Antonio Simone Lagana

Antonio Simone Laganà
Department of Pediatric, Gynecological, Microbiological and Biomedical Sciences
University of Messina
Italy
Tel: (+39) 0902212183
Fax: (+39) 0902937083

 Biography :

Antonio Simone Laganà was born in Reggio Calabria (Italy) on 8th May 1986. During his university career he was trained in particular in histology and embryology (supervisor Prof. Domenico Puzzolo), Clinical Pharmacology (supervisor Prof. Edoardo Spina), Immunology and General Pathology (supervisors Prof. Vincenza Sofo, Dr. Francesca Maria Salmeri) and finally in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also attended the Department of Interventional Radiology of the Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia - USA), where he studied technique of uterine fibroids chemioembolization (supervisor Prof. Uma Prasad), and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the “Klinicky Centar” (Belgrade - Serbia. Supervisor Prof. Milan Terzic). He earned his graduation at University of Messina in Italy and became Resident Medical Doctor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is “In-Training Member” of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Regular Member of Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine, and of Giorgio Pardi Foundation’s professional research team. Currently, he is attending a Master of “gynaecological minimally invasive and robotic surgery” (supervisor Prof. Vito Cela, University of Pisa). Moreover, he is developing a research program on Endometriosis and Reproductive Immunology. He is author of many papers published in national and international peer-reviewed journal, and his presence is often requested as Invited Speaker in international congresses.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Endometriosis
Immunology of Reproduction

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Francis Sahngun Nahm

Francis Sahngun Nahm, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
Seongnam
Korea
Tel: +82-31-787-7503
Fax: +82-31-787-4063

 Biography :

Dr Francis Nahm, MD graduated from the Medical School of Seoul National University in Korea, and completed residencies in Anesthesia and Pain medicine at Seoul National University Hospital. He also attended the Korea National Open University to specialize in biostatistics. He did his MSc and PhD degree in anesthesia and pain medicine form the Seoul National University. He is certified as a pain specialist by Korean pain society, and a member of editorial board of the Korean journal of pain. He has been doing research on neuropathic pain including complex regional pain syndrome and postherpetic neuralgia. Currently, he is an assistant professor of pain center of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, in Korea.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Neuropathic pain
Interventional pain management
Biostatistics

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Gila Moalem-Taylor

Gila Moalem-Taylor, PhD
School of Medical Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia
Tel: +61-2-93852478
Fax: +61-2-93850023

University of New South Wales
 Biography :

Dr Moalem-Taylor is a Senior Lecturer / Research Fellow at the Department of Anatomy, school of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. Since graduating with a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, Moalem-Taylor has worked primarily in the area of neuroimmunology. Her current research focuses on the role of immune cells and their mediators in chronic neuropathic pain following peripheral nerve injury, autoimmune disease of the peripheral nervous system (experimental autoimmune neuritis; a model of Guillain-Barre Syndrome), and autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis; a model of multiple sclerosis). She uses both in vivo and in vitro methods including: animal models of neuropathic pain, behavioural measurements of pain sensitivity, cellular immunology, biochemistry, and immunohistochemistry of nervous system tissues, to understand the effects of immune and inflammatory responses on chronic pain following damage to the nervous system.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Role of immune cells and their mediators in chronic neuropathic pain following peripheral nerve injury, autoimmune disease of the peripheral nervous and central nervous system

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Youcai Zhu

Youcai Zhu
Professor
Department of Surgery and Oncology Medicine
Jiaxing Medical College
Zhejiang Province
China

 Biography :

Dr. Youcai Zhu is a Professor of Surgery and Oncology Medicine at Jiaxing Medical College in Zhejiang Province, China. He is a director of Integrative Pain Management in the Thoracic Tumor Center and is also a Cardiothoracic Physician. He is a graduate of the University of Suzhou, where he earned his bachelor’s degree of medicine. He completed his medical school training at the Zhejiang University and obtained a master’s degree in Surgery. Dr. Youcai Zhu designs patient specific pharmacotherpeutic treatment plans. His pain studies include specific interests in opioid and non-opioid drugs for pain management. His extensive daily practice is both outpatient and in-patient. Dr. Youcai Zhu’s background and his approach to pain management provide an individualized integrative approach to helping patients in pain.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Thoracic tumor, Trauma, Chronic pain of chest and Cardiovascular disease, especially to those patients with advanced tumor or bone fracture who have severe pain, and postoperative patients who need relieve pain.

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Yu-Dong Zhou

Yu-Dong Zhou
Professor
Dept of Neurobiology
Zhejiang University School of Medicine
China

 Biography :

Dr. Yu-Dong Zhou is professor of Neurobiology at Zhejiang University School of Medicine, China. He received his Ph.D. degree from Tufts University in 2003. He did his postdoctoral training first at Boston University and then at Harvard Medical School. Before becoming a professor of neurobiology in 2011, he was appointed as an instructor in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Abnormal brain circuit formation associated with spontaneous and acquired neurological conditions
Neuropathic pain

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Vanessa Anseloni

Vanessa Anseloni, PhD
Assistant professor
Department of Neural and Pain Sciences
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
USA

 Biography :

Vanessa Anseloni, PsyD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, received her PsyD and PhD from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Anseloni’s research focus is on understanding the neurobiology of neonatal pain. Persistent pain is a grave problem in preterm, newborn and young infants. Neonates and young infants exhibit increased pain sensitivity. However, guidelines for pain management in neonates are still unclear, due to several factors such as (1) the little understanding of the neonatal system; and (2) the risk in administering the available anesthetics on the account of their side-effects (i.e., respiratory depression, apnea, and hypotension). The importance of pain management in neonates is increasing once recent findings pointed out that there are potential long-term effects that may impact the development of neuronal circuitry and its consequent cognitive and emotional alterations in adulthood. Findings of major importance for pain management show that gustatory and orotactile information trigger analgesic and calming effects in neonatal rats and humans. Gustatory-induced analgesia is a remarkable phenomenon that develops in seconds and lasts for minutes. Recent findings demonstrated that microlitter volumes of sucrose induce analgesia, which is age-dependent and opioid-mediated.

In collaboration with Drs. Dubner, Ren, Ennis, and Lidow, she has been investigating (1) the underlying mechanisms of gustatory- and orotactile-induced analgesia i neonates, and (2) the long-term effects of neonatal tissue injury in neonates. Anatomical, pharmacological and behavioral techniques are routinely performed in the lab.

Dr. Anseloni is the Project PI for the pilot study Preclinical study of chemotherapy-induced mucositis pain

Biography
 Research Interest :

Neurobiology of neonatal pain

Preclinical study of chemotherapy-induced mucositis pain

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Helieh Saatara Oz

Helieh Saatara Oz, PhD
Assistant professor
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky Medical Center
USA

 Biography :

Dr Helieh Oz is a Veterinarian and PhD scientist with expertise in inflammatory and infectious diseases and pain related behavioral alterations. Dr Oz uses both animal models, in vitro cultures and molecular and biochemical technology to study innate and mucosal Immunity, receptors modifications, signaling pathways, pathogenesis and drug discovery. Dr Oz has been studying ROS, antioxidants and micronutrients to encounter autoimmune diseases including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, hepatitis and pancreatitis, periodontitis and bone loss with several related peer reviewed articles. She is an active Editorial board member of Journals including World Journal of Gastroenterology and pathophysiology; World Journal of Hepatology and Science advisory board. Dr Oz is an active member of American Association of Gastroenterology (AGA) and has been selected and induced as an AGA Fellow (AGAF). 

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Helieh Oz research interest includes Chronic Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases; Translational Studies, Drug discovery Inflammatory and neuropathic Pain related behavioral modifications. Pathogenesis and Immunomodulation, Mucosal Immunity, Innate Immunity, phagocytosis and pathology; Digestive diseases, Animal models, Carcinogenesis and malignancy, Radiation protection, Inflammatory diseases of gut including IBD, Hepatic and pancreatic inflammatory complications: Cardiovascular disease and Pneumonitis Reactive oxygen radical, micronutrient; antioxidants, Inflammatory Infectious disease, fetal maternal Toxoplasmosis, Chagas disease, P. carinii Pneumonitis and Babesiosis

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Feng Tao

Feng Tao, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
USA

 Biography :

Feng Tao has completed his Ph.D in 2000 and postdoctoral training in 2005. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Tao received his RO1 award from NIH in 2012. He has published 30 papers in peer-reviewed professional journals and he is serving as an editorial board member for several professional journals. Dr. Tao also served as an invited reviewer for Johns Hopkins ACCM Seed Grant, NSF-sponsored Pilot Funding at Louisiana State University, and Wings for Life−Spinal Cord Research Foundation in Austria.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Dr. Feng Tao’s research interests focus on the central mechanisms of analgesia and anesthesia. The goal of his work is to understand how the effects of analgesics and anesthetics on their neuronal targets are regulated. Specifically, he is interested in the regulation of central sensitization mediated by glutamate receptors and their interacting proteins. It is through these pathways that pain sensation is modulated in the central nervous system, especially at the spinal cord level. As an extension of his pain research, Dr. Tao has begun a collaboration with other investigators at Johns Hopkins to address the problems of central chronic pain after spinal cord injury using a unique stem cell approach. This research project has been funded by a Maryland Stem Cell Research Grant. In 2012, he developed a new line of research to investigate stress-induced pain transition after surgery and this research proposal has been funded with a 5-year NIH R01 grant.

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Feng Dai

Feng Dai, PhD
Assistant professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tel: 203-737-5248

 Biography :

Dr. Feng Dai received his Ph.D in Biostatistics/Statistical Genetics from University of Pittsburgh. As present, he is working as an associate research scientist in public health (biostatistics) at Yale University. He works closely with Anesthesiologists from Yale Department of Anesthesiology and overseas the statistical analysis on various clinical projects. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Statistical methodology and its innovative applications in human genetics. Specifically I hope to (1) Develop statistical methodologies to find genetic variants based on linkage and association between genetic markers and human complex diseases like pain and opioid side-effects, (2) Collaborate with investigators who have scientific questions in pain gene mapping or other biological fields, and (3) Collaborate with clinicians who need statistical expertise in analyzing challenging data from different (analgesic) clinical trials.

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Satoshi Nobusako

Satoshi Nobusako, PhD
Research Institute for Health Sciences
Kio University
Japan

Kio University
 Biography :

Dr Satoshi Nobusako received physical therapists license in 2001. In 2012, he earned PhD in health science at Professor Shu Morioka’s Neurorehabilitation laboratory in Kio University. Dr. Nobusako is now engaged in research as a visiting fellow at the Health Science Institute of Kio University while working as a physical therapist at Department of Rehabilitation of Higashi Osaka Yamaji Hospital.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Development of efficacious neurorehabilitation not only for chronic pain but also movement disorder, unilateral spatial neglect, apraxia and aphasia due to central nervous system impairment such as stroke

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Stavros Dimopoulos

Stavros Dimopoulos
1st Critical Care Medicine
“Evaggelismos” Hospital
University of Athens (NKUA)
 Athens, Greece

 Biography :

Stavros Dimopoulos received the Medical degree from the University of Brescia in Italy in 2001 and Ph.D. degree from the Medical School of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (UOA),Greece, in 2008. He has specialized in Internal Medicine at the Clinical Therapeutics, “Alexandra” Hospital of UOA, Greece (2010), and in Critical Care Medicine at the 1st Critical Care Medicine Department, UOA, “Evaggelismos” Hospital (2013). He manages the research activities of CPET and Rehabilitation Laboratory of 1st Critical Care Medicine department, UOA. He is the General Secretary and founding member of the Greek Society of Ergospirometry, Exercise & Rehabilitation and member of scientific societies including ESICM/EACPR/HFA of ESC. He is currently a reviewer in 16 international scientific peer-reviewed journals and member of the Editorial Board of 6 international peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has coauthored in more than 40 papers in international peer-reviewed refereed journals and more than 100 abstracts in international conference proceedings.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Critical Care Medicine
CPET applications
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation in Critical ill patients
Quality of Life
Microcirculation
Exercise training
Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Lung Sonography
Chronic Heart Failure
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Left Ventricle Assist Device

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Jesica Raingo

Jesica Raingo, PhD
Investigadora Adjunta CONICET
Multidisciplinary Institute of cell Biology
National Council of Science and Technology
La Plata City Buenos Aires
Argentina

 Biography :

Dr. Raingo obtained PhD at University of La Plata, during her thesis she studied the electrophysiological properties of human vascular smooth muscle cells. After graduation she did two postdoctoral trainings in the Lipscombe Lab at Brown University and at the Kavalali Lab at UT Southwestern. She acquired a specific background in calcium channels physiology, especially the diferential modulation of its splicing isoforms by G protein coupled receptors (GPCR) and in synaptic activity with emphasis in calcium dependency of synaptic vesicles release. In 2010, she joined the IMBICE to start the Electrophysiology lab. Her research group focuses in the role of calcium channels as targets of neuronal presynaptic GPCR. They are currently studying the impact of genetic variability of the human opioid receptor on inhibition of calcium channel in sensory neurons, as a mechanism to control pain signal, and we also investigate the effect of neuropeptides receptors on calcium channels of appetite controlling neurons.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Molecular mechanisms of pain
Electrophysiological properties of pain related neurons
Ion channels and pain
G protein coupled receptors and pain
Neuropeptides and pain
Opioides system
Polimorphisms and splicing alternative of GPCR and channels as modulators of pain threshold and treatment efficacy.
 

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Rafael Blanco Davila

Rafael Blanco Davila
Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist
Santiago de Compostela University
Spain
Tel: 346-174-47600

 Biography :

Dr. Rafael Blanco Davila, consultant Anaesthetist obtained his Medical degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain in 1992. He then completed house officer jobs in Liverpool. His passion for regional anaesthesia developed at Morriston Hospital, Swansea in the Burns and Plastic Unit. In 1998 He moved into Guy’ & St Thomas for higher training in Anaesthesia. His first consultant job was at University Hospital Lewisham and he is now a consultant at Complejo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruna, Spain. Dr. Rafa was the founder and initial chairman of the London Society of Regional Anaesthesia. He designed an online anaesthetic logbook, combining mathematical models (learning curves) together with a complete and interactive logbook which is available with lsora membership. He is also an advisor for NICE into regional anaesthesia guided regional blocks. He has written several articles for regional anaesthesia, books plus some papers in the usual medical magazines. He teaches at national and international level and is a internationally renowned name in ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Orthopaedics, Trauma, Plastics, Vascular, ENT, Urology, General surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

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Mohamed Refaat El-Tahan

Mohamed Refaat El-Tahan
Associate Professor
Department of Anaesthesia & Surgical
Mansoura University
Egypt
Tel: 966-03-8966724
Fax: 966-03-8966724

Mansoura University
 Biography :

Dr. Mohamed Mohamed Refaat El-Tahan, Associate Professor of Anaesthesia & Surgical ICU at the Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Unit, Mansoura University Hospitals, Mansoura University, Egypt. He has done Master (M.Sc.) and M.D. degree in Anaesthesia & Surgical ICU from the Anaesthesia & Surgical ICU Department, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura, Egypt.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Applications and re-newel of the uses of high frequency ventilation, Weaning off cardio-pulmonary bypass, Advances in cardiac monitoring especially during open heart surgery, Inflammatory response, Organs protection and SIRS after cardiac and thoracic surgery, Neurological outcome after open heart surgery, Anaesthetic techniques for cardiac patients for both cardiac and non-cardiac surgery, One-Lung Ventilation, Lung isolation techniques, New anaesthetic techniques for the patients with myasthenia gravis, Pain management after thoracic surgery

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Paradee Auvichayapat

Paradee Auvichayapat, MD
Associate Professor of Physiology
Faculty of Medicine
Khon Kaen University
Thailand

Khon kaen University
 Biography :

Dr. Paradee Auvichayapat is an Associate Professor of Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Neurophysiology (Transcranial direct current stimulation, Transcranial magnetic stimulation)
Metabolism
Exercise physiology

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Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa

Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine
Gian Sagar Medical College & Hospital
India
Tel: 09915025828

Gian Sagar Medical College & Hospital
 Biography :

Dr.Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa, Associate Professor-Department of Anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, at Gian Sagar medical college & hospital, Patiala, Punjab, India. He has done MBBS-Guwahati medical college from Assam, India. He is MD-anaesthesiology & intensive care at Govt. Medical College, Patiala, Punjab. senior residency-gmch-32, Chandigarh.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Regional anaesthesia especially related to epidural and subarachnoid injection, Emergency medicine.

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Leonidas P. Lyras

Leonidas P. Lyras, PhD
Senior Medical Advisor
PFIZER HELLAS
Greece
Tel: +30 6943 292769

 Biography :

Having lived in London for 22 years Leonidas completed a BSc in Biochemistry at Queen Mary and Westfield College and an MSc in Biopharmacy and PhD in NeuroPharmacology at Kings College in London. He returned to Greece in the year of 1998 where after serving his military service in the air force he began his career in 1999 at Organon Hellas as Medical Adviser in the therapeutic areas of depression, schizophrenia and anesthesia. During his 8 years as Medical Adviser in Organon he was also assigned the role of Drug Safety Officer. In 2007 he moved to Pfizer Hellas as Medical Adviser where he has been responsible for the CNS/Pain/Inflammation portfolio. He currently has a number of publications in the field of pharmacology, neurology, pain and C.N.S.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Pharmacology, Neurology, Pain and C.N.S.

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Poupak Rahimzadeh

Poupak Rahimzadeh, MD, FIPP
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS)
Iran

 Biography :

Dr. Poupak Rahimzadeh, MD,FIPP is an assistant Professor with three years\\ experience in academic postgraduate teaching in anesthesiology and pain medicine field. She is currently employed with department of anesthesiology and pain medicine in Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS). She did her Pain Fellowship training program from Iran University of Medical Sciences and also have Fellowship of the Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP). She is working as an associated Editor with Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Journal. She is practicing as a pain physician in Hazrat-Rasul Medical complex and Firuzgar hospital Pain clinics and wards in Tehran.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Low back pain
Spinal pain
Back surgery syndromes pain
Facial and neck pain
Neuralgic syndromes
Cancer pain management

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Kai-Uwe Kern

Kai-Uwe Kern, MD
Institute of Pain Medicine / Pain Practice Wiesbaden
Wiesbaden
Germany
Tel: 0611-20592636
Fax: 0611-20592637

 Biography :

Uwe Kern started his specialisation in pain medicine in 1991 and has worked solely in this field since 2003. He specialised in medical educational steps as a general practioner (family medicine) in 1991, followed by a qualification in anesthesiology in1995. After one year in social medicine as a consultant of the medical health insurance in Koblenz, Germany, he returned to anaesthesiology in 1996 as a senior physician (Kemperhof Medicine Center, Koblenz). After having built up a Pain Medicine Unit for ambulatory and in-patients including a day unit, he became the Head of Pain Medicine at the German Clinic for Diagnosis (DKD), in Wiesbaden, from 2003 to 2005.

Dr. Kern initiated several investigator-driven studies on botulinum toxin, phantom pain, and artificial limb hyperhidrosis and was principal investigator in studies concerning opioids, anticonvulsants, migraine, neuropathic pain and post therapeutic neuralgia. He has published several papers and given national and international lectures on phantom pain, neuropathic pain, trigger points, myofascial pain syndrome, botulinum toxin, topical therapy and post therapeutic neuralgia. He is a co-author of two expert consensus statements and member of several pharmaceutical advisory boards.

Biography
 Research Interest :

Phantom pain
Neuropathic pain
Botulinum toxin
Myofascial trigger pionts
analgesics
Capsaicin
new substances
Tapentadol
Pain modulation

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Shuntaro Ando

Shuntaro Ando, M.D
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science
Japan

 Biography :

Shuntaro Ando is a researcher of Research Project for Mental Health Promotion, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science. He is a consultant psychiatrist at the University of Tokyo Hospital. He pursued his MD from the University of Tokyo in 2003. He has been honoured with Prize for excellent announcement by the Japanese Society for Social Psychiatry in 2013. His areas of research expertise include: suicide prevention, stigma and discrimination, mental health services research, and epidemiology of mental illness. He has authored and co-authored 2 books and over 10 papers in peer reviewed journals

Biography
 Research Interest :

Suicide prevention
Stigma and discrimination
Mental health services research
Epidemiology of mental illness

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Rabiul Ahasan

Rabiul Ahasan, PhD
Associate Professor
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia

 Biography :
Biography
 Research Interest :

Health & Safety
health behavior & workplace safety attitude
health education, physical activity, wellbeing
shift design, synchronization, adjustment
Occupational Therapy
posture, body mechanics
human factors, ergonomics
rehabilitation, medical dance
Sports medicine
muscle exercises, kinematics
bone injuries and replacement
doping studies, drug effects
 

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