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Ronald Dubner, PhD, DDS

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Neural & Pain Sciences

Ronald Dubner


I am presently professor in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences at  the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. I have a DDS degree and a PhD in physiology, and have utilized both degrees throughout a research career in the area of pain and neuroscience and their relevance to orofacial health and disease.

For 13 years until 2008, I was chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, which I organized and developed into a major basic science and clinical research department that consisted of over 100 faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students engaged in research and teaching. This group conducted research in the fields of pain and neuroscience, immune function and infectious disease, and molecular and cellular oncology, and now has been reorganized into three independent departments in the school of dentistry. 

My present research focuses on molecular, neurochemical and physiological changes in the peripheral and central nervous system following tissue and nerve injury and the development of new pharmacological strategies for controlling acute and persistent pain.

In 1995, I left the intramural program of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, where I directed a multidisciplinary program of over 30 basic and clinical scientists who conducted research on pain mechanisms and pain control. I have authored over 275 articles in journals and books and have co-authored one book and co-edited 10 books in my research field. I was co-chief editor and chief editor of the international journal, Pain, the leading journal in the field of pain, for 12 years until 2003. I have mentored over 75 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, international fellows and junior faculty during my career and most of these individuals have remained in pain research and established themselves as independent scientists.