Yenisel Cruz-Almeida

Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Ph.D., MSPH

Assistant Professor & Director Of Training And Career Development

Department: DN-COMMUNITY DENTISTRY
Business Phone: (352) 294-5845
Business Email: cryeni@ufl.edu

About Yenisel Cruz-Almeida

Yenisel was born in La Habana, Cuba. She completed a B.Sc. degree in Microbiology & Cell Science in 2001. In 2004 she completed her Master’s degree in Epidemiology & Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from the University of Miami. She completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience with Dr. Eva Widerström-Noga at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami MILLER School of Medicine in 2011. As a postdoc, she investigated age and pain-related biomarkers of immune function under the mentorship of Dr. Roger B. Fillingim and Dr. Joseph L. Riley at the University of Florida. Yenisel is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aging & Geriatric Research, as well as affiliate faculty in the Departments of Epidemiology, Neuroscience and Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science. She is the course director of GMS6711 (Neurobiology of Pain), GMS6771 (Clinical Neuroscience of Aging) and GMS6895 (Clinical Translational Sciences Journal Club).

Research Profile

As a clinical neuroscientist, my research interests are related to understanding 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 and its functional consequences including cognitive and mobility impairments.

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.

Publications

2017 The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society
2017 The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society
2017 The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society
2017 The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences
2015 The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society
2015 The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences
2014 The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society
2014 Arthritis & rheumatology (Hoboken, N.J.)
2013 Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
2009 Journal of rehabilitation research and development
2007 Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
2005 Journal of rehabilitation research and development

Grants

Sep 2020 ACTIVE
the Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training (IMPART) Program
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
Jul 2020 ACTIVE
Contributions of biopsychosocial factors in sickle cell disease pain
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI ·
May 2020 ACTIVE
Biobehavioral basis of knee osteoarthritis pain
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
Sep 2018 ACTIVE
Multimodal imaging of brain activity to investigate walking and mobility decline in older adults
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA ·
Aug 2018 ACTIVE
Mechanisms of Oxytocins Analgesia in Older Adults
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
Apr 2018 ACTIVE
Neural mechanisms underlying psychosocial contributions to ethnic group differences in pain
NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS ·
Apr 2017 ACTIVE
University of Florida Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC)
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
Apr 2016 – Mar 2017
Claude D Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
May 2015 – Aug 2020
Neuroimaging age-related changes in pain modulation
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Principal Investigator
Apr 2015 – Mar 2016
Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
NATL INST OF HLTH NIA · Project Manager
Jul 2007 – Aug 2016
Clinical and Translational Science Institute
UF RESEARCH FOU · Project Manager

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Translational Pain Research
2012 · University of Florida
Ph.D. Neuroscience
2011 · University of Miami
M.S. Epidemiology & Public Health
2004 · University of Miami
B.S. Microbiology & Cell Science
2001 · University of Florida

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5845
Emails:
Business:
cryeni@ufl.edu