Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for the Study of Itch (CSI) is to increase our understanding of the fundamental underlying mechanisms of itch and translate these findings into treatments for patients suffering from chronic itch. Specifically, we aim to:

  1. Expand itch biology research in a multidisciplinary fashion to advance our understanding of the interactions between the skin, immune system and nerves.
  2. Foster fruitful scientific interactions between basic researchers and clinicians with common interests in itch.
  3. Accelerate translational and clinical studies in itch to provide new and effective treatments for patients.

The Center is composed of two major academic programs:

Basic and Translational Research and Behavioral Core

The basic research program has two goals:

  1. Elucidate fundamental mechanisms underlying itch and potential therapeutic targets.
  2. Develop of novel treatments for itch.

Patient Care, Clinical Studies and Clinical Trials

The clinical program has three goals:

  1. Provide excellent and cutting-edge clinical care.
  2. Generate a comprehensive database to perform multidisciplinary clinical studies in patients with chronic itch.
  3. Run clinical trials to test new therapeutics for chronic itch in patients.