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Congratulations to Dr. Eric Chang

Eric Chang, MD was awarded with a research award from the School of Medicine Committee on Research and Graduate Academic Programs to study "Spinal Cord Stimulation in a Model of Degenerative Disc Desease".

John Park: Henry Wood Elliot Award

Congratulations to John Park for his Henry Wood Elliot Award from the Department of Pharmacology, UC Irvine School of Medicine.

New Research Grant Awarded by NIH:
Nanoparticle mediated in vivo cell-type specific drug delivery for pain relief

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Dr. Luo was awarded a research grant entitled “Nanoparticle mediated in vivo cell-type specific drug delivery for pain relief” by NIH. This grant supports a research project exploring whether conjugation of nanoparticles to a receptor specific peptide can achieve cell-type specific delivery of small interference RNA into specific cells in the spinal cord upon ligand-induced endocytosis, and if so, whether this approach can lead to effective gene silencing and reversal of behavioral hypersensitivity in vivo.

The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund of California:
New Research Grant

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Dr. Luo was awarded a research grant entitled “Thrombospondin-4 and calcium channel α2δ1 protein interactions in mediating spinal cord injury pain” by the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund of California. This grant supports a research project studying how interactions of two proteins affected by spinal cord injury contribute to the development of chronic pain. Identifying a new mechanism underlying spinal cord injury pain will provide critical information for the development of new medications for better pain management among spinal cord injury patients.

For more information about the Roman Reed Program, visit: www.reeve.uci.edu/roman-reed-program.html

Congratulations to John Park

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Congratulations to John Park for being awarded a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA Foundation)!

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Dr. Eric Chang Awarded the K12 Research Training Grant

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Congratulations to Dr. Eric Chang, who has been awarded a prestigious K12 research training grant (2011-2014) from the NIH “Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program”. This training grant is designed to train promising physician scientists to become the next generation of academic leaders in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. During the course of this training grant, Dr. Chang is going to study the mechanism underlying low back pain derived from degenerative disk diseases.

Dr. Luo Awarded a 5-Year Research Grant

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Dr. Luo has been awarded a 5-year research grant entitled “A Novel Pathway Mediating the Development of Chronic Orofacial Neuropathic Pain” by NIH. This award (> 3.4 million total) allows Dr. Luo, acting as a leading Principal Investigator, to collaborate with two other principal investigators at the University of California, Irvine and Medical College of Wisconsin, respectively, to uncover a novel pathway leading to the development of chronic orofacial pain disorders after nerve injury. Multidisciplinary approaches derived from unique but complementary expertise from this research team are used to identify and characterize potentially new targets for the development of specific medications for chronic pain management.