Hong Qu Yan, MD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Hong Qu Yan




Hong Qu Yan, MD, is a licensed acupuncturist of Pennsylvania and New York states. Dr. Yan received his medical degree in 1982 from Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China and completed his residency program at the Shanghai First Pulmonary Hospital, in China. He then pursued his master’s and PhD degree in medical and pharmaceutical research at Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium.

In 1992, he became a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In 1996, he joined the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh as a postdoctoral fellow.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Acupuncture research and treatment in neurological diseases such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, Alzheimer disease and Parkinson’s disease, etc.; mechanisms of induction and recovery of functional and pathological deficits following TBI; pharmaceutical therapies for recovery of post traumatic functional deficits; acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine research and treatment in the other diseases such as cancer.

Board Certifications

Licensed Acupuncturist of New York and Pennsylvania

Professional Organization Membership

National Neurotrauma Society
Society for Neuroscience

Education & Training

Med Student, Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1982
Bach Med, Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1982
Residency, Acupuncture Research, Shanghai First Pulmonary Hospital, 1985
PhD, Med/Pharmaceutical Research, Free University of Brussels, 1992

Selected Publications

Shin SS, Grandhi R, Henchir J, Yan HQ, Badylak SF, Dixon CE. Neuroprotective effects of collagen matrix in rats after traumatic brain injury. Restor Neurol Neurosci 33(2):95-104, 2015.

Carlson SW, Yan HQ, Ma X, Li Y, Henchir JJ, Dixon CE. Traumatic brain injury impairs SNARE complex formation and alters synaptic vesicle distribution in the hippocampus, J Neurotrauma [Epub ahead of print], 2015

Harvey LD, Yin Y, Attarwala IY, Begum G, Deng J, Yan HQ, Dixon CE, Sun D. Administration of DHA Reduces Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-Associated Inflammation and Alters Microglial or Macrophage Activation in Traumatic Brain Injury. ASN Neuro 7(6), 2015.

Dixon CE, Bramlett HM, Dietrich WD, Shear DA, Yan HQ, Deng-Bryant Y, Mondello S, Wang KK, Hayes RL, Empey P, Povlishock J, Tortella FC, Kochanek PM. Cyclosporine Treatment in Traumatic Brain Injury: Operation Brain Trauma Therapy. J Neurotrauma [Epub ahead of print], 2015.

Kochanek PM, Bramlett HM, Shear DA, Dixon CE, Mondello S, Dietrich WD, HayesRL, Wang KK, Poloyac SM, Empey P, Povlishock J, Mountney A, Browning M, Deng-Bryant Y, Yan HQ, Jackson TC, Catania M, Glushakova O, Richieri S, Tortella FC. Synthesis of Findings, Current Investigations, and Future Directions: Operation Brain Trauma Therapy. J Neurotrauma [Epub ahead of print], 2015.

Yan HQ, Shin SS, Ma X, Li Y, Dixon CE. Differential effect of traumatic brain injury on the nuclear factor of activated T Cells C3 and C4 isoforms in the rat hippocampus. Brain Res 1548:63-72, 2014.

Begum G, Yan HQ, Li L, Singh A, Dixon CE, Sun D. Docosahexaenoic acid reduces ER stress and abnormal protein accumulation and improves neuronal function following traumatic brain injury. J Neurosci 34(10):3743-3755, 2014.

Shin SS, Bales JW, Yan HQ, Kline AE, Wagner AK, Lyons-Weiler J, Dixon CE. The effect of environmental enrichment on substantia nigra gene expression following traumatic brain injury in rats. J Neurotrauma 30(4):259-270, 2013.

Kochanek PM, Dixon CE, Shellington DK, Shin SS, Bayir H, Jackson E, Kagan V, Yan HQ, Swauger PV, Parks S, Ritzel DV, Bauman RA, Clark R, Garman RH, Bandak F, Ling GS, Jenkins LW. Screening of biochemical and molecular mechanisms of secondary injury and repair in the brain after experimental blast-induced traumatic brain injury in rats. J Neurotrauma 30(11):920-937, 2013.

Zhang L, Zhang F, Weng Z, Brown BN, Yan H, Ma X, Vosler PS, Badylak SF, Dixon CE, Cui XT, Chen J. Effect of an inductive hydrogel composed of urinary bladder matrix upon functional recovery following traumatic brain injury. Tissue Eng Part A 19(17-18):1909-1918, 2013.

A complete list of Dr. Yan's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.