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Entry DateDecember 3, 2020
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NameYenisel Cruz-Almeida
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

My program of research is based on my previous backgrounds at the intersection of Epidemiology and Neuroscience. We aim to develop pain phenotyping and assessment strategies incorporating biobehavioral mechanisms to provide a path towards personalized pain medicine as well as ultimately pain prevention.

We are currently pursuing studies in several general areas: 1) Biological aging and pain mechanisms; 2) Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions with low adverse effect profiles to relief pain; 3) Brain mechanisms at the intersection of pain and sleep; 4) Epigenetic mechanisms underlying pain; and 5) Brain mechanisms underlying cognitive and mobility decline.

4. Where do you see your career going in the future? What are your goals and aspirations?

My goal is to be able to understand pain so that we can prevent the suffering associated with it. Further, I also aspire to serve as a role model to future generations while supporting their own career goals and aspirations.

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5. Tell us something fun that you do in your spare time or any hobbies that you enjoy.

I spend most of my free time with my family, but I try to make some free time to teach Zumba and other fitness classes to older adults.

3. Tell us about how you got involved in pain and/or aging research. Was there a moment that inspired you?

I started doing pain research in 2002 and I was immediately fascinated and puzzled by it. At that time, I was studying individuals with a spinal cord injury who could not walk or feel any sensation like warmth, however, putting on clothes or a very light touch caused excruciating pain and suffering.