Bai Chuang Shyu

Institute of Biomedical Sciences; Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Bai Chuang Shyu received an M.S. degree from the Department of Physiology, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, (1975–1978). He acquired his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Neurophysiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (1980–1986). Shyu serves as an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan. Shyu served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Professor Kenneth Casey's Laboratory, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich, USA (1989-1990). He also served as a Visiting Scientist at Professor Barry Sessle’s Laboratory, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada (1991) and as a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Academia Sinica (1991–1993). His areas of expertise include neurophysiology, electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and pain study. Shyu's research is focused on the study of thalamo-cortical nociceptive mechanisms, especially on the interactions between medial thalamus and anterior cingulate cortex (the medial pain system). The experiments are carried out with anesthetized animals or in brain slice (rat or mice), and are performed with electrophysiological techniques such as multichannel field potentials recordings, extra- and intracellular recording in the thalamus and cortex. Shyu also employs the fMRI technique to study the animal brain functionally activated pattern by electrical stimulation of the sciatic nerve or implanted electrode in the thalamus. His long term research objective is to investigate the nociceptive mechanism underlying the affective-motivational aspect of pain conveyed by the medial pain system.

Biography Updated on 20 June 2012

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