Alan R. Prossin, MBBS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, director of the Neuroimmune Interactions in Depression, Addiction and Pain (NIDAP) Research Program, and director of the Interdisciplinary PET Working Group. He is trained as both an electrical engineer and psychiatrist, with additional postdoctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology and molecular neuroimaging at the University of Michigan’s Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute.
Prossin’s clinical translational research program focuses on developing novel and innovative molecular neuroimmune paradigms to investigate the role of neuroimmune interactions at the intersection of pain and depression. At the root of his work is a strong desire to translate robust findings from psychoneuroimmunology research in animal models to humans and subsequently develop more efficacious immune based treatment strategies in stress-related negative affective states, including depression and pain states. More specifically, much of the focus of the NIDAP Research Program is to enhance understanding of molecular mediators and moderators underlying neuroimmune interactions in co-morbid pain and depression. The work in the NIDAP Research Program is funded through existing Federal (NIH/NIDA DA ), Foundation (BBRF/NARSAD: Young Investigator Grant), and Institutional (Presidential Collaborative Research Award) grant awards.