Work in the area of pain and analgesia focusing on inflammatory psin and cancer pain. Examining mechanisms of chronic pain and mechanisms of acupuncture's effects on pain, inflammattion and cancer growth.
My research area is neuroimmunology. My lab uses a mouse model to study multiple sclerosis and pain in humans. The mouse model is a virus-induced disease and we study the immune response that leads to demyelinating disease and treatments to reduce and/or prevent disease.
Our focus is on pain, especially musculoskeletal pain, and depression. We're interested in the role stress hormones, mast cells and TRPV1 receptors play in these two areas.
My primary area of research is pain mechanisms. We also have ongoing projects on neuro-immune interactions in skin and intestinal mucosa.