Our laboratory studies pain transmission with a special emphasis on
Stress is widely known to influence pain sensitivity. We have found
A second line of study is based on the fact that CRF and urocortins
(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)
Larson AA, Thomas MJ, McElhose A, Kovács KJ. Spontaneous locomotor activity correlates with the degranulation of mast cells in the meninges rather than in the thalamus: disruptive effect of cocaine. Brain Res. 2011 Jun 13;1395:30-7. Epub 2011 Apr 28.
Russell IJ and AA Larson: Neurophysiopathogenesis of fibromyalgia syndrome: a unified hypothesis. Rheum Dis Clin N Am 35: 421-435, 2009.
Larson AA and Katalin J. Kovacs. Fibromyalgia, Mechanisms and Treatment, in Treatment of Neuropathis Pain, Schmidt, R.F, & Willis, W.D., Editors, Encyclopedic Reference of Pain. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2006, 2010.
Kovacs, Katalin J., Jonathan C. Papic and Alice A. Larson. Movement- evoked hyperalgesia induced by lipopolysaccharides is not suppressed by glucocorticoids. Pain136: 75-84, 2008.
Larson, Alice A. and Katalin J. Kovács. Fibromyalgia, Mechanisms and Treatment, in Treatment of Neuropathic Pain, Schmidt, R.F, & Willis, W.D., Editors, Encyclopedic Reference of Pain. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2006, on-line 2007.
Kovács KJ, Papic JC, Larson AA. Movement-evoked hyperalgesia induced by lipopolysaccharides is not suppressed by glucocorticoids. Pain136: 75-84, 2008.
Taiwo OB, Russell IJ, Mignot E, Lin L, Michalek JE, Haynes W, Xiao Y, Zeitzer JM, Larson AA. Normal cerebrospinal fluid levels of hypocretin-1 (orexin A) in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. Sleep Med. 2007 Apr;8(3):260-5. Epub 2007 Mar 21.
Kovacs KJ, Larson AA. Mast cells accumulate in the anogenital region of somatosensory thalamic nuclei during estrus in female mice. Brain Res. 2006 Oct 9;1114(1):85-97.
Taiwo, Oludare B., Katalin J. Kovács, Lauren C. Sperry and Alice A. Larson: Naloxone-induced morphine withdrawal increases the number and degranulation of mast cells in the thalamus of the mouse. Neuropharmacology 46: 824-835, 2004.
Kehl, Lois J., Katalin J. Kovács, Alice A. Larson: Tolerance develops to the effect of lipopolysaccharides on movement-evoked hyperalgesia when administered chronically by a systemic but not an intrathecal route. Pain 111: 104-115 2004.
“Thalamic Mast Cells Inhibit HPA Activity”, Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota
Honors and Awards:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Study Section Member, Behavioral Neurobiology Subcommittee, 1988–1992
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Career Development Award, 1988–1993
SmithKline Beecham Award for Research Excellence, 1995
Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics , 1999–2000Scientific Advisory Board Member for the American Fibromyalgia Association
Former Graduate Students:
Nelson L. Dalo, D.V.M. (M.S. 1984, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology), currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacology
James Madl, D.V.M. (Ph.D. 1987, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology), currently Assoc Professor at Colorado State University
Stephen Skilling, D.V.M. (Ph.D. 1989, Veterinary Biology) currently a practicing veterinarian in Burnsville , MN
Carl Hornfelt (M.S. 1990; Ph.D. 1998, Veterinary Biology) currently a researcher at Medtronics
Sun Xiaofeng, M.S. 1990; Ph.D. 1993, Veterinary Biology) currently a researcher at Mayo Clinic
Julie Kreeger, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D. 1995, Veterinary Biology) currently a researcher at the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center, Laramie WY
Virginia Geottl (D.V.M./Ph.D. 1996, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota). Currently a Research Associate at The Ohio State University .
Susan L. Giovengo D.V.M. (Ph.D. 1997, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, University of Minnesota) Currently at The Proctor and Gamble Co., Mason OH
Ruben Velazquez (M.D./Ph.D. 1998, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota). Currently a physician specializing in ear, nose and throat in Puerto Rico .