Thiago Cunha, a pharmacist with a lifelong passion for volleyball, once competed officially in the sport. However, his focus has now shifted to scientific research. Despite having to give up volleyball, his dedication to his work has been recognized with the Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award for Basic Science from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Thiago completed his master’s and doctorate in pharmacology at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School. During his postdoctoral studies at the same institution, he also spent time as a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Immunology.
As a scientist specializing in pain and inflammation, Thiago’s research could significantly influence pharmacological treatments. Like a true exile of Minas Gerais, he is a loyal supporter of the Galo, soccer team. Thiago cherishes the time he spends with his wife and three children, engaging in outdoor activities.