Faculty and Staff

Director

Norman E. Taylor, MD, PhD

Specialties: Anesthesiology

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Email: u6016242@utah.edu

Staff

 Luiz Ferrari

Luiz Ferrari

Title:  DDS, MS, PhD

Overview

After I got my D.D.S. degree from the School of Dentistry in the University of São Paulo in 1996, I worked in my own office, in Brazil, performing general dentistry, oral surgery and temporomandibular joint dysfunction/orofacial pain treatment. However, to learn and understand more about pain physiology and pharmacology, I went to the Medical School in the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto. There, at the Department of Pharmacology, I got my Masters and Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Neuroscience, researching cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the generation and maintenance of pain and therapeutic strategies for treatment. I also worked as a Professor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Neurophysiology of Pain in the School of Dentistry in University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto, and was part of the team of Professors in the Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Orofacial Pain Specialization course for several years, teaching and supervising students of the School of Dentistry in the clinic.  I worked for 10 years at the University of California at San Francisco as a Research Pharmacologist, investigating the mechanisms involved in the transition from acute to chronic pain, as well as the neural basis of the chronic pain induced by inflammation, stress and as side effect of therapeutic drugs. Currently, I work in the University of Utah School of Medicine

Interests

Neuropharmacology and neurophysiology, pain and hyperagesia, molecular mechanisms involved in inflammatory and neuropathic pain, chronic pain, pharmacology of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, temporomandibular joint dysfunctions and orofacial pain mechanisms, temporomandibular joint dysfunctions and orofacial pain therapy