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iUTMB  •  Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 2:21 PM

Probing Pain’s Secrets

Guidry News Service

People who suffer from chronic pain that doesn’t respond to standard analgesic or opioid treatment may be closer to finding relief in the near future thanks to the pioneering work of Jin Mo Chung, professor of neuroscience and cell biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Chung, who first came to UTMB as a postdoctoral fellow in 1977, has focused on solving the riddle of neuropathic pain throughout his career. After a short stint as an assistant professor at Seoul’s Yonsei University, he returned in 1981 to join the UTMB faculty. In 1992, he developed an animal model for studying chronic impervious pain that has been accepted worldwide as one of the most widely used standards in the field. The Chung Model uses a specific technique to prepare laboratory mice for research on how pain impulses behave in the spinal cord. Coverage also appears in HealthCanal.com.