Areas of Research
- Brain and CNS Tumor
The North Laboratory focuses on developing new treatments for peripheral nerve and spinal cord dysfunction associated with cancer. Specifically, we are interested in neuropathic pain, nerve reconstruction for nerve and spinal cord injury, radiation-related injury and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
About Robert North, M.D., Ph.D.
Robert North, M.D, Ph.D., is a assistant professor and physician-scientist the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. North received his M.D. from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Texas A&M University, and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuronal electrophysiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. His research has demonstrated that dorsal root ganglion neurons spontaneous activity and hyperexcitability are fundamental shared features between animal models of radicular/neuropathic pain and humans with clinically defined radicular/neuropathic pain. Through multi-institutional collaborations, new genetic and biochemical correlates of neuropathic pain as well as evidence for sex-specific differences in gene expression were uncovered.
NIH U19 grant. Human Nociceptor and Spinal Cord Molecular Signature Center