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Tuan Trang


Assistant Professor (Physiology & Pharmacology)
Comparative Biology & Experimental Medicine (CBEM)


Affiliations : 
<p>Joint Appointment – Department of Physiology &amp; Pharmacology, Cumming School of Medicine</p><p>Member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI)</p>
Degrees and Board Certification: 
  • BSc (Honours), PhD
Contact Information: 

+1(403) 220-8357
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Dr. Trang obtained his BSc (Honours) and PhD degree from Queen’s University.  His doctoral training in Pharmacology and Toxicology focused on the effects of opioid analgesic drugs in the brain and spinal cord.  He then pursued training as a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he expanded his area of expertise into the study of chronic pain. 


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Research / Scholarly Activities: 

How does our body tell us something is painful?  Why do certain people go on to develop chronic pain whereas others, with apparently similar disorders or injuries, do not?  And why is pain so difficult to treat?  To begin to unravel the great paradox of pain, our research focuses on discovering the fundamental molecules and processes involved in chronic pain and enhancing the utility of opioid drugs in treating pain conditions. We utilize behavioural, biochemical, molecular, and single cell imaging approaches in whole animal models and cell culture systems.  This multipronged strategy will enable us to dissect key processes involved in chronic pain, and identify new cellular targets that oppose the pain relieving actions of opioid drugs.  The discoveries arising from our work have direct and important benefits for the clinical management of pain conditions in both humans and animals. 




Graduate Program Affiliations : 
Veterinary Medical Sciences
Medical Sciences
Research personnel and trainees : 

Heather Leduc-Pessah, Leaders of Medicine Student
Nicole Burma, MSc student
Michael Mousseau, PhD student
Churmy Fan, PhD student
Alexandra Pilapil, MSc student
Indra Raharjo