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Yong Chen

Associate Professor in Neurology
Neurology, Headache and Pain
Box 2900 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
251 Bryan Res Bldg, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Yong Chen is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Duke University School of Medicine.  He is also affiliated with Duke Anesthesiology-Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM) and Duke-Pathology.

The Chen lab mainly studies sensory neurobiology of pain and itch, with a focus on TRP ion channels and neural circuits. The main objective of our lab is to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying chronic pain and chronic-disease associated itch, using a combination of animal behavioral, genetic, molecular and cellular, advanced imaging, viral, and optogenetic approaches.  There are three major research areas in the lab: craniofacial pain, arthritis pain and joint function, and systemic-disease associated itch.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor in Neurology · 2022 - Present Neurology, Headache and Pain, Neurology
Associate Professor in Anesthesiology · 2022 - Present Anesthesiology, Clinical Science Departments
Associate Professor in Pathology · 2022 - Present Pathology, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Lanzhou University (China) · 2003 Ph.D.