Amy Xu selected as Howard Hughes fellow to study itch

Third-year medical student and fellowship recipient Amy Xu will spend the year investigating molecular pathways that regulate eczema-associated itch. Her research mentor is former Howard Hughes fellow Brian Kim, MD, assistant…

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Qin Liu named a 2015 Pew Scholar, Congratulations!

Qin Liu is among 22 outstanding young scientists named the 2015 class of Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Congratulations to Qin Liu for her achievement…

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Why scratching makes you itch more?

Read the story in The Record. Watch the video abstract here. Also in the News: NBC Nightly News (video), Inside science (video), D News (video), NZ 3…

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New study uncovers a novel mechanism that maintains histaminergic itch.

In a new study, Chen’s lab has identified NMBR as a novel itch receptor for mediating histaminergic itch in the spinal cord.  Using a combination of pharmacological, behavioral and genetic…

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Welcome Dr. Brian Kim, a new faculty, to join the CSI

We’re excited to announce that Brian Kim is joining CSI as an assistant professor and a physician scientist, starting from July 1, 2014. Dr. Brian Kim received his B.S. in…

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Welcome Dr. Hongzhen Hu, a new faculty, to join the CSI

We would like to welcome Dr. Hongzhen Hu to join CSI as an assistant professor, starting on June 1, 2014.  Dr. Hu received his Ph.D. at the Ohio State University…

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New study questions the existence of the BNP-NPRA-GRP-GRPR dedicated neuronal pathway for itch

A new study from Dr. Zhou-Feng Chen's laboratory shows that the BNP-NPRA signaling does not function upstream of the GRP-GRPR pathway. A NIH team recently proposed that B-type natriuretic peptide…

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