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Sergio Henrique Ferreira

Sérgio Henrique Ferreira, Brazilian pharmacologist (Franca, São Paulo State 04 October 1934 – Ribeirão Preto 17 July 2016)
 
 
 
ACHIEVEMENTS
 
Gained international recognition for his studies on field of inflammatory analgesics
 
Authored 281 papers (until early 2013)
 
Proposed that the aspirin’s mechanism of action was due to prevention of pain receptors sensibilization  as a consequence of prostaglandin synthesis inhibition  
 
With J.R. Vane and Y.S. Bakhle obtained experimental evidence that angiotensin inhibition could be a hypertension therapy  
 
With M. Rocha e Silva discovered and isolated bradykinin potentiating factor or BPF (1965)
 
Discovered peripheral analgesic mechanism of action of dipyrone  
 
Discovered peripheral action of morphine and the phenomenon of tele-antagonism
 
Observed hyperalgesia mechanism  
 
Characterized the phenomenon of retrograde sensibilization of primary sensorial neuron that consists in glutamate release in spinal cord of primary peripheral neuron  
 
Demonstrated cytokines involvement in inflammatory pain  
 
Discovered anti-hypertensive converting enzymes inhibitors
 
Proposed the development of opiates drugs of peripheral action

Contributed significantly to define the role of inflammatory mediators to inducing hyperalgesia


Proposed the idea that the development of inflammatory pain depends on hierarchical release of distinct mediators


Proposed that the inflammatory pain followed stimuli action on prostaglandin-sensitized nociceptors (1972)


Discovered that a distinct class of analgesics is able to counteract the ongoing sensitization of the primary sensory neuron via stimulation of the arginine/-nitric oxide pathway


Described an antagonist of interleukin 1 that is being developed as a model for a new class of analgesics


Found that interleukin I mediates the endogenous release of prostaglandins and interleukin 8 is responsible for the development of the sympathetic hyperalgesia


Characterized the retrograde sensitization of the primary sensory neuron (2008)    
 
 
 

HONORS

Mahidol Award, Prince Mahidol Foundation (2008)

Honorary Member, International Association for the Study of Pain (2005)

Member, National Academy of Sciences (2002)

Werle Commemorative Medal (1993)

Ferreira Award, Norwegian Hypertension Society (1990)