Quinn Hogan, MD, awarded $1.1 million NIH grant

Quinn H. Hogan, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, was rewarded a R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, entitled “DRG Engraftment of Transduced Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Treat Neuropathic Pain,” in the amount of $1,100,000 for a duration of four years.

Chronic pain following nerve injury is common, intense in nature, and resistant to available treatments. Dr. Hogan’s research grant will develop the use of adult mesenchymal stem cells that can be derived from a patient’s own bone marrow or fat, as a pain treatment. In a rat pain model, these cells will be genetically modified to make them secrete analgesic substances, and then will be injected into the sensory nerves involved in neuropathic pain, to develop a safe, powerful, and adaptable new technique for treating painful conditions.

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