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Alfonso Romero-Sandoval, MD, PhD

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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.

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