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Pain and Neurosensory Systems

The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute pain group includes investigators who study a range of topics in multiple pain models. Areas of interest include electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, tract-tracing studies, opto- and chemo-genetics, calcium imaging, and behavioral studies. Within this group, researchers work with several diverse causes of pain, including inflammation, surgery and chemotherapy (including neuropathic pain). Often, these studies intersect with SCI and trauatic brain injury (TBI) models.

Clinical Research

The Stark Neurosciences Research Institute pain group is involved both preclinical and clinical studies aimed at improving therapeutic strategies for pain relief.

Faculty Investigators

Jill C. Fehrenbacher, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Xiaoming Jin, MS, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

David L. McKinzie, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Samy Meroueh, PhD

Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Alexander B. Niculescu, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Alexander G. Obukhov, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Patrick L. Sheets, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Zhiyong Tan, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Fletcher A. White, MS, PhD

Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia

Karmen K. Yoder, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences