Meet the Team

The team is comprised of a well-focused group who can look at individual components of a pain condition and begin to identify treatment modalities that will be used for specific patients, ultimately revealing a number of novel discoveries in the pain field that will transform the way Duke diagnoses and treats pain patients. The team includes high-level epidemiologists, biostatisticians and basic scientists who have set up a new treatment unit associated with Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic and health care system.

Team members of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine help with:

  • Analysis and collection of data
  • Disease modelers to help with identification of novel pathways involved with pain
  • Discovery of work and validation mechanistically at the basic science level
  • Reverse translation, looking at human phenotypes and human genetics
  • Back discovery, showing in animal models what we discover in clinical models, which allows the team to identify new targets for treatment

Eventually, there will be many different clinical treatment and procedure areas that will be fully integrated with research staff doing high throughput, very efficient assessments, phenotyping, and biologics acquisitions that can be used for discovery in Duke’s clinics.

Faculty

William Maixner, DDS, PhD
William Maixner, DDS, PhD

Professor in Anesthesiology
Director, Center for Translational Pain Medicine

Jongbae Park, PhD
Jongbae Jay Park, PhD, LAc

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology
Director, Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Center for Translational Pain Medicine

Aurelio Alonso, DDS, MS, PhD
Aurelio Alonso, DDS, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology
Director, Orofacial Pain
Center for Translational Pain Medicine

Richard L. Boortz-Marx, MD, MS
Richard L. Boortz-Marx, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Medical Director, Center for Translational Pain Medicine

Andrey Bortsov, MD, PhD
Andrey Bortsov, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology

Thomas E. Buchheit, MD
Thomas E. Buchheit, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Chief, Division of Pain Medicine

Ru-Rong Ji, PhD
Ru-Rong Ji, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor in Neurobiology

Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD
Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology

Francis J. Keefe, PhD
Francis J. Keefe, PhD

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor in Anesthesiology
Professor in Medicine

Wolfgang B. Liedtke, MD, PhD
Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD

Professor, Departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology and Neurobiology

Andrea Nackley, PhD
Andrea G. Nackley, PhD

Associate Professor in Anesthesiology
Principal Investigator (PI), The Nackley Laboratory

Shad Smith, PhD
Shad B. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology

Thomas Van de Ven, MD
Thomas J. Van de Ven, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

David S. Warner, MD
David S. Warner, MD

Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology, in the School of Medicine
Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology & Surgery
Vice Chair, Research
Chief, Division of Basic Sciences

Collaborators

Nikolay Dokholyan, PhD, MS, BS
Nikolay Dokholyan, PhD, MS, BS

Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD
B. Duncan X. Lascelles, BSc, BVSc, PhD

Professor, Small Animal Surgery and Pain Management
Director, Comparative Pain Research Laboratory
Associate Director, Comparative Medicine Institute
North Carolina State University

Niccolo Terrando, PhD
Niccolò Terrando, BSc (hons), DIC, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University

Dimitri Zaykin, PhD
Dimitri Zaykin, PhD

Senior Investigator, Biostatistics Branch
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health

Updates & Announcements

European Pain School (EPS 2017)
June 4 - 11, 2017
Pontignano (SI), Italy

Inaugural Translational Pain Research Symposium
June 21 – 23, 2017
Kunshan, China

Pain Journal Club
First Friday of the month
12 – 1 PM | GSRBI

Contact Us

Center for Translational Pain Medicine
Genome Science Research Building (GSRB1/Snyderman)
905 S. LaSalle Street
Durham, NC 27710

Whitney Mills
Staff Assistant
Office: 919-684-2136
Email: whitney.mills@duke.edu

Amber Johnson
Departmental Business Manager
Office: 919-681-9940
Email: amber.justus@duke.edu

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