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Hyochol "Brian" Ahn, PhD, RN, MSN, MS-ECE, MS-CTS, ANP-BC

Theodore J. & Mary E. Trumble Professorship In Aging Research
Associate Professor
Nursing Systems
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Dr. Hyochol "Brian" Ahn received his PhD in Nursing Science in May 2012 from the University of Florida College of Nursing, where he previously earned his MSN and BSN degrees. He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the faculty of UTHealth School of Nursing in August 2016.

Ahn’s overall research goal is to establish a program of clinical and translational research that enhances health and independence in older adults using innovative technologies to optimize pain management. Currently, he is principal investigator on a grant that investigates the efficacy of innovative computer technologies, such as noninvasive brain stimulation, on pain and mobility performance in older adults with chronic pain with funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Aging (NIA) Claude D. Pepper Older American’s Independence Center. He also has been a co-investigator on several collaborative grants on pain and aging. This work helped him to produce seven funded research/training grants as PI, 14 peer-reviewed manuscripts (nine as a primary author), one book chapter, and 50 scientific presentations (31 as primary author).

Related News Items

Ahn named Assistant Dean for Research (Oct 2020)

(Publication) Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to Assess Central Pain Responses in a Nonpharmacologic Treatment Trial of Osteoarthritis (Sep 2020)

Ahn Selected as AAN Fellow, Featured in Houston Chronicle (Aug 2020)

NIH grant extends nonpharmacological pain research to Alzheimer’s patients (Jul 2020)

(Publication) Feasibility and efficacy of remotely supervised cranial electrical stimulation for pain in older adults with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled pilot study. (May 2020)

Ahn awarded $2.4 million grant to study nonpharmacological knee pain treatment (May 2020)

Ahn's research proposal on knee osteoarthritis pain funded for three years by NIH (Jul 2019)

Ahn leads Journal of Pain Research article on knee osteoarthritis pain (Oct 2018)

Ahn and Padhye are co-authors of new study on knee osteoarthritis pain (Aug 2017)

Johnson and Ahn named to endowed positions at UTHealth School of Nursing (Dec 2016)