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Welcome New Employees Abigail Alvarado-Vazquez, Sam Martin, and Young Gwak, PhD


Abigail Alvarado-Vazquez PhotoAbigail Alvarado-Vazquez earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry (2013) and her Master's degree in Clinical Analysis (2015) from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas. In her Master's thesis, Abby studied the antinociceptive effects of different compounds that decrease the activity of macrophages in a mouse model of unilateral knee arthritis. During her Master's, she took a trimester as Research Intern at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) in Clinton, SC, and later on she worked as Lab Manager for Dr. Romero-Sandoval Lab at PCSP. Abby is now a Research Assistant in the Pain Mechanisms Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Romero-Sandoval. She will continue to explore the role of macrophages in the transition from acute to chronic pain in pathologies such as diabetic neuropathy or surgical pain.

Salem Martin Photo Sam graduated in May from UNC-Greensboro with a  BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

He breeds ball pythons and geckos and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.    
Sam will be working in the Pain Lab as a Lab Tech II.

No photo availableDr. Gwak obtained his  Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Yonsei University, South Korea, in 2002. His Ph.D. research focused on the elucidation of the cellular mechanism of central neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury. As a   postdoc and research scientist at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston (supervisor Claire E. Hulsebosch), he worked on research projects aimed at  the prevention and treatment of spinal cord induced-neuropathic pain syndromes. Currently he is focusing his research on pain modulation via spinal cord-mesolimbic circuits aimed at the elucidation of motivation-induced recovery of sensory abnormality. 

Congratulations to Amie Severino Alexander, PhD! 

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Amie Severino Alexander is now a doctor!  Well, she defended her thesis in the Fall of 2016 but came back to Winston-Salem for commencement on a beautiful Spring day in 2017.  Her work on the role of spinal oxytocin signaling in regulating the speed of recovery from hypersensitivity after surgery in rodents is important and will stand as an outstanding example of the proper way to examine sex differences in pharmacology of spinal analgesia.  She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA and enjoying the 13 mile commute by bicycle to work!


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Dr. Fadel Zeidan Talks About Meditation and Pain Relief on WXII12 News

Dr. Fadel Zeidan
, assistant professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy at Wake Forest School of Medicine, appears on WXII12 News May 8, 2017 to discuss medication and help with pain relief.   

Dr. Zeidan's research interests are in pain, meditation, brain threshold, brain mapping and more. Click here to watch the video.


James Eisenach, MDDr. Eisenach Receives Alumni Award 2016

James Eisenach, MD, professor of anesthesiology, has received the 2016 Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award (MCDAA).

The award acknowledges Eisenach's contributions to the understanding and treatment of pain, his leadership to the academic discipline of anesthesiology, and his training and mentoring of the next generation of physicians and scientists. Eisenach completed a residency in anesthesia at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in 1985 and is currently the vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist.

The MCDAA was established to acknowledge the contributions of Mayo Clinic alumni to the field of medicine.

Read more about Dr. Eisenach's pursuit of pain relief  here.



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