The American Academy of Pain Medicine has selected Duke Anesthesiology’s Ru-Rong Ji, PhD, as the 2020 recipient of its Founders Award, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the science or practice of pain medicine. This award is given for continued contributions for the basic or clinical science of pain medicine or for demonstration of clinical excellence or innovation in the practice of pain medicine.
“I am very pleased to get recognized in the field. I hope I can continue to make contributions to the research and education in pain research and medicine,” says Ji, chief of pain research for Duke Anesthesiology.
Ji is a distinguished professor of anesthesiology in the Duke University School of Medicine. He serves as the director of the Sensory Plasticity and Pain Research Laboratory and co-director of the department’s Center for Translational Pain Medicine. The long-term goal of his lab is to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the genesis of chronic pain and to develop novel pain therapeutics that can target these mechanisms.