Two new assistant professors have joined the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
(BBS) faculty this fall, and one is a familiar face.Dr. Michael Burton
, added as an assistant professor of neuroscience, has been a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Texas at Dallas since 2015. He joins Dr. Jiyoung Park
, assistant professor of psychology, as new tenure-track professors in BBS this semester.
A postdoctoral researcher in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
has won a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is intended to help him further his research and transition to a faculty position. It is the first time that a postdoc from UT Dallas has won the award.
Dr. Michael Burton, who works in the neuroscience
department with associate professor Dr. Ted Price
, will receive approximately $800,000 for winning a K22 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The grant will provide funds for Burton’s research on how the immune system can affect pain.
Dr. Michael Burton
, an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
, has received the 2019 Mitchell Max Award
for Research Excellence from the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium
Burton was selected for his presentation on delayed-onset neuropathic pain in older men. His research suggests that immune system hyperactivity at an advanced age can trigger hyperexcitability in neurons that can produce chronic pain long after an injury.
Scientists in The University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for Advanced Pain Studies
(CAPS) have furthered the understanding of how chronic pain functions differently in males and females, including identifying different ways pain begins at the cellular level.
Researchers from the Department of Neuroscience
in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
(BBS) teamed up with colleagues from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute on two studies published Aug. 5
and Sept. 16
in the journal Pain
. Their work builds upon earlier studies
from CAPS faculty regarding sex dimorphisms — differences between the sexes.
“As recently as 2014, laboratories were using only males to analyze what was happening, and that led to failures in clinical and preclinical trials,” said Dr. Michael Burton
, assistant professor of neuroscience and co-senior author of both papers. “It was apparent that something was missing from the equation.