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IASP PRF Seminar – Lessons in Nociception from the Naked Mole-Rat

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  • Ewan St. John Smith, PhD

    Ewan St. John Smith, PhD, completed his undergraduate degree in pharmacology at the University of Bath, followed by a PhD with Peter McNaughton at the University of Cambridge working on acid-sensing ion channels. He then moved to work with Gary Lewin at the Max-Delbrück Centre in Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, where he began working on pain peculiarities of the naked mole-rat. This was followed by a 1-year stint with Niels Ringstad at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU as a Max Kade Foundation Fellow, where he worked on CO2-sensing in C. elegans. In 2013 he was appointed to a Lectureship in Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge where his research group focuses on understanding the molecular basis of nociception using both mice and naked mole-rats as model systems, as well as investigating the cancer resistance and healthy aging of naked mole-rats. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017 and Reader in 2019, also being a Fellow of Corpus Christi College where he is Director of Studies in Biological Natural Sciences. Work in the Smith lab is currently funded by the BBSRC, Versus Arthritis, Dunhill Medical Trust, Astra Zeneca, Beiersdorf and GSK.

  • Thomas Park, PhD

    Thomas Park, PhD, is a professor of biological sciences and neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His graduate training was in sound perception in birds and gerbils. His post-doctoral training was in electrophysiology of auditory brain regions in awake bats. After taking a position at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he obtained a colony of naked mole-rats from Professor Jenny Jarvis with the idea of studying their hearing. But the extraordinary biology of this species expanded his research focus. Now, in addition to hearing, he focuses on amazing adaptations that naked mole-rats have for tolerating oxygen deprivation and high concentrations of carbon dioxide.

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April 13, 2021
Tue 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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