New research released today in Nature Neuroscience reveals for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells. These findings have far-reaching implications for our basic understanding of pain, how we develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain—which is by far the most prevalent human health condition—and the way we execute basic biomedical research using mice.

Classified as: neuroscience, Research, health, chronic, pain, mice, Mogil, McGill News, medications, sex differences, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Published on: 29 Jun 2015
Injuries that result in chronic pain, such as limb injuries, and those unrelated to the brain are associated with epigenetic changes in the brain which persist months after the injury, according to researchers at McGill University. Epigenetics explores how the environment – including diet, exposure to contaminants and social conditions such as poverty – can have a long-term impact on the activity of our genes.
Classified as: brain, DNA, moshe szyf, epigenetics, chronic, epigenetic, pain
Published on: 14 Feb 2013