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Dusica  Bajic, MD, PhD

Department: Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Research Centers: Anesthesiology Research Center
Hospital Title: Principal Investigator
Academic Title: Instructor in Anesthesia
Research Area: Anesthesiology
Opioid tolerance
Research Overview Dusica Bajic, MD, PhD, joined Dr. Commons' research group and became faculty member following her fellowship training in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Children's Hospital Boston. She is now a proactive clinician scientist who created a key program using infant animal models to determine how morphine acts in the developing brain that is different from that in adult for which she has received funding from the prestigious Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER; www.faer.org). Investigation of the supraspinal mechanisms of age-dependent development of opioid tolerance is crucial to better understand the actions of opioid medications in human infants and children during surgery, critical illness or cancer treatment. This is an important new area of research that may provide novel insights into molecular mechanisms of opioid tolerance that will lead to novel clinical therapies that differ with age. About Dusica Bajic Dr. Bajic received her MD from the Medical School of the University of Belgrade, Serbia and PhD from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL. Her postdoctoral training included: (1) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, (2) Anesthesia Residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University, as well as (3) Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard University where she now works as board certified staff anesthesiologist since 2008.

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