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New Translational Research Reveals a Useful Model for Studying Chronic Stress-Induced Hypersensitivity to Pain

National Harbor, MD — Results from a new study offers insight into the brain’s circuitry involved in stress-induced hyperalgesia (SIH), which may help lead to a better understanding of the development and maintenance of chronic pain states in patients suffering with conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. This study was presented today at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 27th Annual Meeting.

Edward Bilsky, PhD, a Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Director of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences at the University of New England (UNE), presented results from a study today that examined the role of the rostral ventromedial medulla in a rat model* of stress-induced hypersensitivy to pain. The study was co-authored by fellow UNE colleagues, Ian D. Meng, PhD, and second year medical student Jacques Reynolds.

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