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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Scientists unravel mechanisms in chronic itching

Anyone who has suffered through sleepless nights due to uncontrollable itching knows that not all itching is the same. New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis…

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