Tuan Trang

Dr. Tuan Trang, PhD



Cumming School of Medicine

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

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Office: +1 (403) 220-8357


Educational Background

BSc (Honours) Life Sciences, Queen's University,

PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology, Queen's University,


Dr. Trang received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Queen’s University and completed a fellowship at SickKids Hospital. He is a Professor at the University of Calgary, leads the Spinal Cord, Nerve Injury, and Pain (SCNIP) NeuroTeam, and CEO and co-founder of a biotherapeutics company, AphioTx. His team is committed to unlocking the causes of chronic pain at the level of genes, cells, and circuits. An area of focus is on understanding how opioids impact the nervous system and on improving the safety of these medications. The work from his team has been recognized by national and international awards.


Areas of Research

Pain and opioids

How does our body tell us something is painful? Why do certain people go on to develop chronic pain whereas others, with apparently similar disorders or injuries, do not? And why is pain so difficult to treat? To begin to unravel the great paradox of pain, our research focuses on discovering the fundamental molecules and processes involved in chronic pain and enhancing the utility of opioid drugs in treating pain conditions. Understanding the key molecules and processes that underlie chronic pain and that contribute to the unwanted side effects of opioid use is a major step towards improving current therapies and identifying novel targets for creating entirely new, more effective strategies for treating pain. The discoveries arising from our work has direct and important benefits for the clinical management of pain conditions in children and adult chronic pain patients.


  • Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. 2019
  • Young Investigator Award - International Narcotics Research Conference, International Narcotics Research Conference. 2018
  • Peak Scholar, University of Calgary. 2018
  • Young Investigator Award, Canadian Association for Neuroscience. 2017
  • Piafsky Young Investigator, Canadian Society for Pharmacology & Therapeutics . 2017
  • Award in Pain , Rita Allen Foundation & American Pain Society. 2014
  • New Investigator Salary Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 2014