Pain

Donna Hammond

Donna L. Hammond, PhD

Title/Position
Professor, Carver Chair in Neuroscience IV
This laboratory is interested in the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropharmacology of the central nervous system (CNS) pathways that convey pain, as well as the bulbospinal pathways that mediate the production of analgesia. Our studies emphasize a systems-level approach in which many different...
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Christopher Benson, MD

Title/Position
Professor
Dr. Benson's research interests include the study of ion channels involved in sensation. We have focused on a class of ion channels called Acid-sensing Ion Channels (ASICs), which play a role in responses to nociceptive, taste, and mechanical stimuli. We have discovered that ASICs are highly...
Marcinkiewcz, Catherine

Catherine Marcinkiewcz, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Serotonin neurons are mainly localized to the raphe nuclei of the brainstem, but their axons are widely distributed throughout the nervous system and have a ubiquitous role in physiological processes and behavior. Adding to this complexity is the diverse array of high-affinity receptors that bind...
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Andrew F. Russo, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
My research interest is the molecular basis of migraine. A hallmark of migraine is altered sensory perception coupled with head pain. To understand the mechanisms underlying these events, we have focused on the neuropeptide calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), whose levels are elevated during...
Joel Geerling

Joel C. Geerling, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
In the lab, we use genetic techniques to isolate and manipulate neurons that mediate basic physiologic functions including sleep, appetite, bladder control, and thermoregulation. My focus lies in identifying and deciphering previously unknown connections between neurons in the brainstem and other...
Kathleen Sluka

Kathleen A. Sluka, PT, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Dr. Sluka's laboratory studies the peripheral and central mechanisms of chronic musculoskeletal pain. These studies primarily involve the use of animal models of muscle pain developed and characterized in Dr. Sluka's laboratory. Current projects are aimed at deciphering the role of descending...
Mark Chapleau

Mark W. Chapleau, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Dr. Chapleau's research focuses on neural mechanisms in cardiovascular regulation; with emphasis on baroreceptor mechanosensory transduction, modulation of excitability of baroreceptor and sympathetic neurons, and determinants of baroreflex sensitivity, arterial chemoreceptor reflex sensitivity and...
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Stefan Strack, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Reversible phosphorylation of key proteins, such as ion channels and neurotransmitter-synthesizing enzymes, regulates synaptic transmission and other aspects of neuronal physiology and development. While the enzymes that add phosphates to proteins, protein kinases, have been studied extensively...
Wayne Johnson

Wayne A. Johnson, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
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Somatosensory signaling is the process by which we become aware of external sensations such as touch, temperature or pain. Despite the importance of these sensory modalities to our everyday existence, we know relatively little about their molecular mechanisms. These sensations would appear to be...