Most of the time our nervous system controls our insides without reaching our consciousness. However, sometimes inflammation and trauma disrupt the signals from our internal organs. In extreme cases this leads to chronic visceral pain, often striking multiple organs. Our group studies the nerves that sense and control our internal organs. These neurons are scattered throughout body where they convey signals to and from the spinal cord.
Your sense of balance usually works so well, we don’t give it much thought – until something goes wrong! Our research uses anatomical, physiological, and molecular techniques to explore this important but often over-looked primary sense.
Our laboratory studies how sensory information, including pain signals, are coded in the spinal cord. We use a range of techniques including patch clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics, and immunohistochemistry to study the function of spinal nerve cells and circuits.