Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

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

Theodore R. Cummins, PhD

Theodore R. Cummins, PhD

Chair, Department of Biology, School of Science
Andy Hudmon, PhD

Andy Hudmon, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Joyce H. Hurley, PhD

Joyce H. Hurley, PhD

Lecturer in Medical & Molecular Genetics
Fletcher A. White, MS,  PhD

Fletcher A. White, MS, PhD

Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia
Zao C. Xu, MD, PhD

Zao C. Xu, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Cell Biology