In December 2015 Dr. Yaksh received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Neuromodulation Society. This is a great honor for Tony, who has now written more than 780 scientific papers; cited more than 45,000 times in the medical literature. He has served as mentor for over 100 post-doctoral researchers.
The presentation cited Yaksh's ground breaking studies of opiate action in spinal cord which rapidly led to the widespread use of epidural and intrathecal analgesics in humans to manage acute and chronic pain states. His subsequent studies provided a basis for understanding the pharmacology of the spinal gating of pain information. He is an expert on issues related to spinal drug kinetics and the evaluation of the safety of spinally delivered agents. His laboratory has been preeminent in studying the safety of spinal agents and mechanisms of their toxicity, a unique academic endeavor that has established essential criteria for spinal drug development.