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I graduated from medical school in 2009 and during my foundation year I assisted Dr Francisco Lopera in his research on patients with the E280A Presenilin1 Alzheimer mutation and in his general neurology clinic. During this time I had the opportunity to study a painful condition associated with a TRPA1 mutation. I became interested in genetically determined painful conditions and in 2010 I was appointed as a clinical research fellow for the London Pain Consortium.


Juan D Ramirez


DPhil Student Phenotypic Differences in Chronic Neuropathic Pain, Colciencias (LASPAU - Harvard University)

Chronic Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Pain Genetics

Small nerve fibres in the skin

Chronic pain accounts for a vast increase in number of years lost due to ill-health or disability in the general population and is often associated with devastating psychological comorbidities. Currently I am reading for a DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences at St Cross College under the supervision of Dr David Bennett and my work is aimed at characterising the phenotypic traits seen in subjects with chronic pain due to diabetes and some inherited painful conditions. This is done using various techniques like sensory testing, electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry. I am currently coordinating two studies: the Pain in Neuropathy Study (PiNS) and Painful Channelopathies Study (PCS). In the future the knowledge gathered is likely to generate better understanding that helps in advancing the treatment of chronic painful conditions. I am the recipient of a Francisco Jose de Caldas scholarship from Colciencias (Republica de Colombia) through LASPAU (affiliated with Harvard University).

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