Neural pathway key to sensation of pleasant touch identified

Studying mice, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a neural circuit and a neuropeptide — a chemical messenger that carries signals between nerve cells — that transmit the sensation known as pleasant touch from the skin to the brain. Such touch — delivered by hugs, holding hands or caressing, […]

Chen to study neurological disorders

Zhoufeng Chen, PhD, the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor of Anesthesiology, and professor of developmental biology, of medicine and of psychiatry, all at the School of Medicine, received a five-year $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Extramural […]

New clues point to relief for chronic itching

Targeting an opioid receptor calms itch From the WashU Newsroom… A common side effect of opioids is intense itching — a problem for some patients who need the drugs for pain relief and for others fighting addiction. Now, studying mice, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a drug called […]

Chen named Shelden Professor in Anesthesiology

Expert in itch discovered first itch-specific gene From the WashU Newsroom… Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD, director of the Washington University Center for the Study of Itch, has been named the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor in Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Chen’s research has provided valuable insight into how itch […]