A primary aim of the COBRE is to increase the number of neuroscience investigators at UNE and to build a research community that will sustain a vibrant and competitive research center. As part of this aim, the COBRE funds the research efforts of four talented and innovative investigators leading projects related to pain and sensory function.

The goal of this funding is to provide these investigators with the support necessary to develop their novel research projects to the point where each can be independently funded with its own separate federal grant.

Ling Cao, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Cao studies the interaction between the immune system and the nervous system, exploring the impact of immune cells on pain stemming from nerve injury. View bio

Project Title

Interaction between calcitonin-gene-related-peptide and CD40 on CNS glial cells in neuropathic pain

Geoffrey Ganter, Ph.D. 

Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Ganter uses genome-wide screens in the fruit fly, Drosophila Melanogaster, to identify novel genes involved in perception of noxious stimuli. View bio

Project Title

Genes involved in antinociception in Drosophila Melanogaster

Lei Lei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Lei studies the development of nociceptive neurons, with a particular focus on the transcription factors regulating the plasticity of these neurons following peripheral nerve injury. View bio

Project Title

Function of the transcription factor Sox11 in regulating the plasticity of nociceptive neurons after nerve injury

Tamara King, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Dr. King's project looks at disease-induced bone and joint pain using preclinical models of osteoarthritis. Studies with these models include the analysis  of pathological changes in relation to pain, as well as the potential effects of treatment on disease and pain. 
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Peripheral mechanisms of cancer-induced ongoing and breakthrough pain