UCSF's Drs. Yu & Brown Honored by RSNA!


The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has awarded Neuroradiology Clinical Fellow JP Yu, MD, PhD, and PGY5 Resident Jacob Brown, MD, PhD the 2014 Research Resident/Fellow Grant Award.  The RSNA has also presented JP with the 2014 Roentgen Resident Award.

The RSNA Research Resident/Fellow Grant and Roentgen Award are presented to young investigators with an area of research related to radiologic sciences.  These awards recognize and encourage resident/fellows for their efforts to investigate and present their scientific discoveries.

Dr. Yu’s primary research interests are directed towards uncovering the underlying biology and molecular mechanisms of schizophrenia and neuropsychiatric disease utilizing an integrated systems biology approach.  Dr. Yu says, “My future research plans are aimed at elucidating and identifying important novel molecular biomarkers in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and other closely related neuropsychiatric disease processes such as major depression disorder and biopolar disorder.”

The objective of Dr. Brown’s project "Image-guided selective deletion of nociceptors by intragenic injection of resinferatoxin" is to validate a novel image guided approach to pain treatment by selectively deleting nociceptive using resiniferatoxin (RTX). Dr. Brown states, “This project builds upon my previous work showing that TRPV1 is highly enriched in pain transmitting neurons and, when targeted, can lead to long lasting analgesia in small animals.  Combining this molecular selectivity with the precision of CT guided delivery into peripheral pain generators has important clinical potential to effectively and selectively treat pain.”