Alice Larson, PhD
PhD,Pharmacology, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
BA, Biology, University of Minnesota
Neuroscience in the areas of basic pain transmission and fibromyalgia
My research focuses on various aspects of pain transmission, especially that associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia syndrome. Fibromyalgia is dramatically exacerbated by stress and diagnosed more than four times more frequently in females than in males. My most recent NIH grant focuses on determining whether stress hormones, like corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRF) or urocortins, cause musculoskeletal hyperalgesia in mice that is similar to that in fibromyalgia. Another direction that I have explored is the possibility that mast cells in the brain modulate pain transmission centrally as it is known to do peripherally.
Dr. Larson, PubMed
Academic Interests and Focus
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