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Dr. Robert Gereau describes the great opportunities for pain research to improve patient care.

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Meet Yu-Qing Cao, PhD

Dr. Yu-Qing Cao joined WUPC in 2006, after completing her training in the fields of pain and ion channel research during her graduate (with Allan Basbaum at UCSF) and postdoctoral work (with Richard Tsien at Stanford), respectively. Her lab studies the contribution of ion channels to the pathophysiology of migraine headache, one of the most common and debilitating neurovascular disorders. Work in the Cao lab also includes investigating the epigenetic mechanisms and the neuro-immune interactions underlying the transition from episodic to chronic migraine.

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