This week’s Friday Research Seminar Series will be hosted by the Physiology and Pharmacology department. All faculty members and students are invited to attend.
Kenneth E. McCarson, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Biobehavioral Measurement Core (BMC), Director, R.L. Smith IDDRC Rodent Behavior Facility , Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC), Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics
Dr. McCarson has used rodent models of pain and behavioral measures in the study of the neurobiology of pain for well over two decades; as a postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington University these approaches were enhanced by acquiring the molecular tools used to expand my previous studies of the role of neurokinin receptors and tachykinin peptides, linking quantification of behavioral hyperalgesia (pain-related behaviors) with regulation of receptor gene expression in animal models of chronic inflammatory pain. As PI or co-Investigator on numerous university- and NIH-funded grants, I have expanded my studies into additional areas including cutaneous wound healing, GABAB receptor expression and function during pain, the molecular mechanisms underlying gender differences in chronic pain, hippocampal neurogenesis, hippocampal NK-1 receptor and BDNF expression and function, and the relationship between stress and chronic pain.
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