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Donlin M. Long Awards

Donlin M. Long

The Donlin M. Long Award honors those who have served the Johns Hopkins community in advancing the standards of pain care and embodied the institution’s dedication to alleviate suffering and pain associated with illness.

The program is coordinated by the Blaustein Pain Research Fund whose advisory board nominates and selects recipients.

About Dr. Long

Donlin M. Long, M.D., Ph.D. served as Director of Neurosurgery from 1973 until 2000, and was one of the first program directors to adopt a major interest in chronic pain. He developed an infrastructure for patient care at Johns Hopkins while advancing the standards for pain care around the world.


Dr. Dong at his award ceremony

2017 Recipient: Xinzhong Dong, Ph.D.

Xinzhong Dong is the eighth recipient of the Donlin M. Long Pain Service Award. This award pays tribute to the pioneering role that former chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, Donlin M. Long, played in establishing a pain center at Hopkins, and recognizes an individual who not only serves as an internationally recognized leader in the field of pain, but also one that has made many important contributions institutionally to Hopkins to promote pain research. Dr. Dong, as this year’s awardee, has accomplished all of these goals and epitomizes the consummate teacher-scientist.

Dr. Dong completed the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA and received his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology. He created his own lab at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2004 and has made pioneering discoveries on understanding itch and pain mechanisms, as well as immune cell-mediated drug toxicity. His lab discovered a family of G protein-coupled receptors, Mrgpr's, as novel itch receptors, and a subpopulation of nociceptors as itch-sensing neurons.

In addition, his lab has generated genetic tools for classification and functional characterization of nociceptors. He has trained many successful young scientists. In his time at Hopkins he has quickly risen to the rank of Professor in recognition of his teaching, mentorship, and research. Because of these many achievements, Dr. Dong was recognized as a Howard Hughes Investigator in 2015.

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