Dr. Wendy Campana

Wendy Campana is a Full Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Program in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Research Physiologist at the San Diego Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System. Professor Campana’s research is focused on the molecular and cellular responses to nerve injury and how these mechanisms regulate chronic pain states. Specifically, to better understand communication between glia, axons, and immune system cells, with the goal of developing novel therapies for regulating pain. As an NIH training fellow, she became interested in regenerative cell responses, particularly in Schwann cells (SC), which are essential for functional sensory nerve repair. Currently, she is investigating novel roles of SC-derived extracellular vesicles in autocrine/paracrine communications during neuroinflammation and pain. Professor Campana has authored over 70 research papers mainly in the field of Schwann cell biology and pain. She is currently funded by the NIH and VA.

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