Yong Chen, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Email address: yong.chen@duke.edu

Research

Combating pain is at the core of patient care provided by medical  doctors. Pain can have many facets including, by origin, inflammatory  pain, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, and by locale, joint, back, head  (migraine), trigeminal pain and others. In vertebrates, specialized  sensory neurons, "nociceptors", transduce the painful stimulus from  peripheral. My project is primarily concerned with the role of primary  sensory neurons in pain, and with the role of the TRPV4 ion channel in  pain transduction and transmission. Forms of pain that I specifically  investigate include trigeminal pain and irritation, using molecular  neurophysiology methods focused on channel function in conjunction  with behavioral assessment.

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