In Memoriam: Hsiang-Tung Chang

Hsiang-Tung Chang, MD, PhD
Shanghai, China

We were saddened to learn of the passing of one of our Honorary Members, Hsiang-Tung Chang. The IASP Council bestowed honorary membership on Dr. Chang in 1988 in recognition of his substantial contributions to the understanding of neurophysiology of pain relief by acupuncture.

Dr. Chang obtained his doctorate in physiology at Yale University in 1946, and then became an instructor and later an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology at Yale’s School of Medicine. In the 1950s, he returned to China, serving as a professor for 23 years at the Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He later became Professor and Director of Shanghai Brain Research Institute. In addition to his groundbreaking work in the field of neurophysiology and acupuncture, Dr. Chang was a pioneer in the study of the function of dendrites of central neurons.