We are pleased to announce that Duke Anesthesiology’s Ru-Rong Ji, PhD, and distinguished professor of anesthesiology in the Duke University School of Medicine, has been named the co-director of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM), a novel entity aimed at transforming the way painful conditions are diagnosed and treated.
In his new role, Dr. Ji will work closely with his colleague, Dr. William Maixner, co-director of the CTPM and a world-renowned pioneer in pain research. Dr. Ji will continue to focus on basic science research in his Sensory Plasticity and Pain Research Laboratory where he and co-investigators strive to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the genesis of chronic pain. Additionally, Dr. Ji will assist in organizing pain seminars and research symposia at Duke and abroad.
The CTPM launched in January of 2016, further expanding the department’s existing clinical and research program in innovative pain therapies by bringing together, under one umbrella, leading basic scientists, clinicians and clinical researchers who have a common core mission of unraveling the causes of painful conditions to better improve patient care.
“Our vision is to build one of the strongest pain research centers in the world,” says Dr. Ji. “The CTPM is unique because it’s an integration of basic science research, translational research and clinical management. Only a few places in the world can do this. It is a great honor to be appointed co-director and to work with leading scientists and clinicians on research initiatives with the goal of developing novel pain therapeutics.”
Please join us in extending congratulations to Dr. Ji on his new position.