Who is doing Basic Science Research? 

In basic biomedical research, scientists explore mechanisms behind the formation and function of living organisms.  Basic scientists’ area of study spans from small single molecules to large complex integrated functions in animals and humans.  Basic science studies are often used to test the safety of drugs and products in animals prior to use in humans… and also to examine the mechanisms behind physiological changes.

Basic scientists have earned a masters in science MS or doctoral degree PhD in their area of study. Some have a duel clinical degree such as MD or RN/NP.

Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) research scientists engage in basic science research using acupuncture to drive biomedical changes that they can study in their labs.

Spotlight on three IUSM basic science researchers who use acupuncture in their research:

# 1: Fletcher White is a senior researcher PhD in neuroscience.  Dr. White is not trained in Chinese Medicine himself, he collaborates with scientists who have expertise in Chinese Medicine.  https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/20353/white-fletcher

Example of Dr. White’s basic science acupuncture work:  Electroacupuncture promotes CNS-dependent release of mesenchymal stem cells  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5530374/ 

List of Dr. White’s publications on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/fletcher.white.1/bibliography/public/?sortby=pubDate&sdirection=descending

 #2: Ying Wang, MD, PhD, is an NCCAOM certified acupuncturist, but she works as a PhD neuroscientist at IUSM.   https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/51903/wang-ying

 Example of Dr. Wang’s basic science research:  Substance P modulates electroacupuncture analgesia in humanized mice with sickle cell  disease  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6682765/ 

List of all of Dr. Wang’s work on sickle cell disease: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Ying+Wang+sickle+cell+

 III.  Xiaoming Jin, BMED, PhD is a PhD in neuroscience and holds a MS degree from Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine  https://medicine.iu.edu/faculty/19746/jin-xiaoming 

List of all of Dr. Jin’s publications on PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/xiaoming.jin.1/bibliography/41158407/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

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