Inflammation and Pain
Professor Veronica Shubayev
Pain serves as an evolutionary alarm clock of impending danger. However, injury or disease of the nervous system often results in a chronic, pathological state of pain arising from a completely innocuous stimulus, such as light touch. Immune response to nerve damage is critical to nerve repair but may also contribute to the experience of chronic pain. This lecture will unveil the layered interactions between the cells of the immune and nervous systems in response to nerve injury leading to the development of neuropathic pain (that is, pain caused by damage or disease of the nervous system). We will review the unique functions of myelin sheath in providing electrical and metabolic insulation of nerve fibers.
Instructor: Veronica Shubayev, MD, is Professor of Anesthesiology at UC San Diego. She joined UCSD as an NIH training fellow in Neurobiology of Pain in 1998 and became a faculty member in 2002. She studies the interactions of the immune and nervous systems and has pioneered work implicating inflammatory cytokines in the development of chronic pain.
Coordinator: Steve Wyte
Course Number: OSHR-70074 Credit: 0 units
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Day and Time:
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.