Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, MD, PhD
Edgar Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, MD, PhD joined the Pain
Mechanisms Laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow from 2003-2006. During his time
with us he published some important work on the role of cannabinoid receptor
subtypes in pain neurotransmission and on the role of peripheral
α2-adrenoceptors in regulating peripheral inflammation in neuritis, the latter
work in collaboration with Dr. Charles McCall.
He was recruited to a faculty
position at Dartmouth in a prestigious pain research group and rapidly received
national recognition through grants from the Rita Allen Foundation, the
Hitchcock Foundation, and the NIH. The Director of that laboratory left science
shortly after Alfonso arrived in order to take a leadership role in the
university administration and when Alfonso’s R01 was completed he submitted an
excellent revision as well as two R21 applications over the next couple years,
all of which received priority scores.
Alfonso moved to an education position
on the faculty of Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy where he has thrived
as an outstanding educator. He has continued in the research laboratory, and is
funded as the PI of an R60 grant from the NIH in collaboration with
investigators in the Wake Forest Pain Mechanisms Laboratory. During that time,
and really ever since his post-doctoral fellowship, Alfonso has continued to
examine the role of cannabinoid receptors and inflammation, regularly
publishing important work.
We are absolutely thrilled to recruit Dr. Romero-Sandoval
back to Wake Forest and believe he will thrive both as a member of our team and
the team science we perform, but also as an independent investigator. He is
doing cutting edge work using nanotechnology and other methods to investigate
approaches to regulate peripheral mechanisms of wound healing and recovery from
pain after trauma and inflammation. This work dovetails nicely with the
recently funded P01 in the Pain Mechanisms Laboratory.
At the same time,
Alfonso’s areas of research and experimental approach are distinctly different
from those in the P01. We have been extremely successful in developing
junior faculty to R- funding in the Pain Mechanisms Laboratory and Alfonso has
all the tools to succeed – he is hard working, synthesizes disparate information
critically and well, generates novel ideas with regularity, and exhibits strong
scientific and ethical rigor. We believe he is the right person for our
environment and it will be good for him and very good for us to work together
again. His research productivity, scholarship, national recognition, and
dedicated university service qualify him for this faculty appointment.