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Entry DateJanuary 7, 2021
NamePedro Antonio Valdes Hernandez
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2. Tell us about your current program of research and/or activities and projects that you are currently involved in.

Currently, I am working on the development of neuroimaging-based signatures of acute and chronic pain obtained using machine learning methods. My goal is to provide new avenues for the development of potential biomarkers of diagnosis, monitoring, prognosis, prediction, and risk of chronic pain. I mainly work with MRI (anatomical and functional images) of projects with large samples of a population covering a wide spectrum of adult ages and different races and ethnic groups.

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

My long-term goals lean toward dedicating my life to academia and science. I will consider myself very lucky if I am able to have my own lab and lead projects dedicated to decode how pain is dynamically formed in the brain and learn ways to avoid its chronicity.

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

My best hobby is my family, especially my daughters and my wife. I also like to read as much as possible. Lately, the lack of time for reading has led me to discover incredibly interesting podcasts about history, politics and science.

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

I've always tried to put my neuroimaging knowledge and skills at the service of society, specifically to alleviate the societal burden different pathologies entail. In this search, I stumbled upon one particular condition that is causing a very significant negative impact on society, especially in the elderly, that is chronic pain. After learning that pain is actually a subjective multidimensional experience completely formed in the brain, that has led to a plead to unravelling its unknown neurobiological mechanisms, I signed up for the quest. I learned that PRICE is a leading center in pain research and I wanted to join them. Currently, I am proud of having the opportunity to be part of PRICE and be mentored by Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida and Dr. Roger Fillingim.