Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science
Research Assistant Professor
- B.S., Microbiology & Cell Science, University of Florida, 1996-2001
- M.S.P.H., Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Miami, 2001-2004
- Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Miami, 2006-2011
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Translational Pain Research, University of Florida, 2012
Chronic pain represents the most prevalent and expensive public health condition in the United States, affecting 100 million people in the country with annual costs to society estimated at $635 billion. This exceeds the combined costs of cancer, AIDS, and heart disease. While chronic pain affects individuals of all ages, races, and genders, it disproportionately impacts members of some population groups. Evidence suggests that chronic pain is more prevalent and disabling in older adults, but its neurobiological underpinnings have not been elucidated.
As a clinical neuroscientist, my research interests are related to understanding the mechanisms involved in age-related pain perception and modulation in humans. Using multiple interdisciplinary and translational approaches, my research examines nervous system factors contributing to the observed inter-individual differences in pain phenotypes in older adults and its functional consequences.