20353-White, Fletcher

Fletcher A. White, MS, PhD

Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia


Professional: I am a medically-trained neuroscientist involved in both pre-clinical and clinical research studies for nearly  30  years.  My experience  in medical/graduate education  and university  leadership positions  at two nationally recognized medical schools (Loyola University, Chicago and Indiana University) provides me with a multitude of resources for conducting basic and translational research.

Hobbies: Hiking, travel, reading, ACDs, social issues.

Key Publications

No pain, no gain? The effects of pain-promoting neuropeptides and neurotrophins on fracture healing.

Sun S, Diggins NH, Gunderson ZJ, Fehrenbacher JC, White FA, Kacena MA. Bone. 2020 Feb;131:115109. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2019.115109. Epub 2019 Nov 9. Review. PMID:31715336

Towards precision medicine for pain: diagnostic biomarkers and repurposed drugs.

Niculescu AB, Le-Niculescu H, Levey DF, Roseberry K, Soe KC, Rogers J, Khan F, Jones T, Judd S, McCormick MA, Wessel AR, Williams A, Kurian SM, White FA. Mol Psychiatry. 2019 Apr;24(4):501-522. doi: 10.1038/s41380-018-0345-5. Epub 2019 Feb 12. PMID:30755720

Small-molecule CaVα1⋅CaVβ antagonist suppresses neuronal voltage-gated calcium-channel trafficking.

Chen X, Liu D, Zhou D, Si Y, Xu D, Stamatkin CW, Ghozayel MK, Ripsch MS, Obukhov AG, White FA, Meroueh SO. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Nov 6;115(45):E10566-E10575. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1813157115. Epub 2018 Oct 24. PMID:30355767

Decoy peptide targeted to Toll-IL-1R domain inhibits LPS and TLR4-active metabolite morphine-3 glucuronide sensitization of sensory neurons.

Allette YM, Kim Y, Randolph AL, Smith JA, Ripsch MS, White FA. Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 16;7(1):3741. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-03447-9. PMID:28623271


Titles & Appointments

  • Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia
  • Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Education
    1999 POSTDOC Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
    1998 POSTDOC Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
    1994 PhD Medical College Of Ohio
    1989 MS Medical College Of Ohio
    1985 BA Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Research

    A  large proportion  of my  research has  been directed  at the  influence of tissue-derived  factors on  the nervous system during development and following disease/trauma. The body of this work includes the role of neurotrophins  during  neurodevelopment/apoptosis(NGF/TrkA  &  NT3/TrkC),  axon  guidance  molecules  during development (semaphorins), the role of chemokines/receptors in adult rodent injury models (CCL2/CCR2 and CXCL12/CXCR4), the influence of toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4) in the peripheral nervous system, study of drug-induced changes in voltage-gated sodium channels such as NaV1.7, and the influence of damage-associated molecular  patterns  (DAMPs)  and  their  cognate  receptors  in  both  neuropathic  pain  syndromes  and  following traumatic brain injury.

    As PI or co-investigator on several university-, state-, NIH-, and DOD-funded grants, I have established productive intramural and extramural research collaborations allowing me to utilize a variety of injury models including a newly developed closed  head injury  in mice.  We have  numerous molecular  biological techniques,  transgenic mice (CRISPR knockouts, Cre-lox tissue-specific knockout, optogenetic and GCamp3 lines), neuroanatomical tract tracing, electrophysiology (current and voltage clamp), telemetry, immunocytochemistry, stimulus dependent and independent measures of rodent behavior and access to both clinical databases and specimens. A most recent addition to the laboratory is the pre-clinical and clinical use of electroacupuncture to treat the effects of trauma on both the peripheral and central nervous system. 


  • Professional Organizations
    American Society of Pain
    Association for Clinical & Translational Sciences
    International Association for the Study of Pain
    National Neurotrauma Society
    Society for Neuroscience
  • Clinical Interests

    The unique environment of the Indiana University School of Medicine and RoudebushVeterans Medical Center allows me to also conduct a number of clinical observational and interventional investigations. These IRB-approved studies include biomarkers associated with 1) polytrauma alone and polytrauma with traumatic brain injury, 2) development of chronic pain following mild traumatic brain injury, and 3) a phase II drug trial using a FDA-approved anti-epileptic drug as an adjuvant to opioids for cancer pain.

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