Luiz Ferrari, DDS, MS, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Dentistry|
|Department||Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery|
|Address||513 Parnassus Avenue|
San Francisco CA 94117
|Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Brazil||2002
||2004||“Primary Afferent Neuron: A Functional Unit Integrating the Periphery and the Spinal Cord”|
|Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP), Brazil||2004
||2008||“Role of Presynaptic Glutamate Receptors NMDA in the Sensitization of the Primary Afferent Neurons”|
|SBOT (Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology)||2005||Young Researcher; Project: “Experimental Study of the Lumbar Disc Herniation”|
|Postdoctoral National Program of CNPq (National Council of Research, Brazil)||2008||“Development of New Analgesic Drugs Based in Anti-Hyperalgesic Endogenous Mechanisms and Ionic Chann|
|SBOT (Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology)||2009||Experimental Research; Project: “Influence of the Maintenance of the Inflammatory Stimulus Upon the |
After I got my D.D.S. degree from the School of Dentistry in the University of São Paulo in 1996, I worked in my own office, in Brazil, performing general dentistry, oral surgery and temporomandibular joint dysfunction/orofacial pain treatment. However, to learn and understand more about pain physiology and pharmacology, I went to the Medical School in the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto. There, at the Department of Pharmacology, I got my Masters and Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Neuroscience, researching cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the generation and maintenance of pain and therapeutic strategies for treatment. I also worked as a Professor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Neurophysiology of Pain in the School of Dentistry in University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto, and was part of the team of Professors in the Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Orofacial Pain Specialization course for several years, teaching and supervising students of the School of Dentistry in the clinic. Currently, I work in the University of California at San Francisco, as a Research Pharmacologist, investigating the mechanisms involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain, as well as the neural basis of the chronic pain induced by inflammation, stress and as side effect of therapeutic drugs.
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