Hyochol Brian Ahn is Trumble Professor in Aging Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Cizik School of Nursing.
Dr. Ahn’s research aims to enhance health and independence in older adults using innovative technologies to optimize pain management. His combined nursing (board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner) and computer engineering expertise uniquely positions him to address critical gaps in research on pain-related brain mechanisms and to deliver cutting-edge brain stimulation to improve pain and symptom management. He has been continuously funded since 2011 as a principal investigator (total > $ 3.5 million) and have produced more than 45 peer-reviewed publications (> 30 as primary author). Currently, He is the principal investigator of an NIH/NINR R15 study ($463,737, 2019-2022) to test home-based noninvasive brain stimulation in older adults and an NIH/NINR R01 study ($2,410,755, 2020-2025) to test combination therapy with home-based transcranial direct current stimulation and mindfulness-based meditation. Moreover, he has been involved in several collaborative grants as a co-investigator, including an NIH/NIA R37AG033906 (2019 – 2024). Furthermore, he serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH and DoD, and grant director for the Southern Nursing Research Society.
Dr. Ahn received his BE in Electrical Engineering and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Then, he received his BS in Nursing, MS in Adult and Elderly Nursing, and PhD in Nursing. In addition, during his postgraduate training, he earned a Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Science. He also earned the Graduate Certificate in Aging and Geriatric Practice.