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Ming Gao, MD, PhD

Ming Gao, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Ming Gao, MD, PhD, is a assistant professor at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Dr. Gao received his medical degree from Jining Medical College and his doctorate in neuroscience from the Shangai Institute of Meteria Medica, both in China. He completed three postdoctoral fellowships in neuroscience – one at John Hopkins University, one at the University of Maryland, and one at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Dr. Gao’s research is mainly focused on mechanisms of the midbrain dopamine system in normal functions, as well as in various neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases.  He uses a variety of electrophysiological methods in both in vitro and in vivo preparations to study the synaptic plasticity, pharmacology, and reward pathway in the mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic circuit of the brain. As a fellow, he expanded his research to include the homeostatic synaptic plasticity in the visual cortex of the brain.

Dr. Gao also studies the underlying mechanism of type 2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain as they pertain to the regulation of neuronal excitability, along with its potential therapeutic effects in drug addiction and schizophrenia. He also conducts research on nicotinic subunits α5, α6, and α7 (among others) in nicotine and ethanol addiction in the midbrain dopamine system.

Dr. Gao is a member of the Society for Neuroscience.

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Neurosurgery, Ivy Brain Tumor, Outpatient Imaging, Research, Gamma Knife and Radiosurgery
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Ming Gao, MD, PhD

Ming Gao, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Ming Gao, MD, PhD, is a assistant professor at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Dr. Gao received his medical degree from Jining Medical College and his doctorate in neuroscience from the Shangai Institute of Meteria Medica, both in China. He completed three postdoctoral fellowships in neuroscience – one at John Hopkins University, one at the University of Maryland, and one at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Dr. Gao’s research is mainly focused on mechanisms of the midbrain dopamine system in normal functions, as well as in various neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases.  He uses a variety of electrophysiological methods in both in vitro and in vivo preparations to study the synaptic plasticity, pharmacology, and reward pathway in the mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic circuit of the brain. As a fellow, he expanded his research to include the homeostatic synaptic plasticity in the visual cortex of the brain.

Dr. Gao also studies the underlying mechanism of type 2 cannabinoid receptors in the brain as they pertain to the regulation of neuronal excitability, along with its potential therapeutic effects in drug addiction and schizophrenia. He also conducts research on nicotinic subunits α5, α6, and α7 (among others) in nicotine and ethanol addiction in the midbrain dopamine system.

Dr. Gao is a member of the Society for Neuroscience.

Location
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Neurosurgery, Ivy Brain Tumor, Outpatient Imaging, Research, Gamma Knife and Radiosurgery
2910 North 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
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