Lisa Johanek

Ph.D. 2004

Thesis Title:

Antihyperalgesic Effects of Cannabinoids: Peripheral and Spinal Mechanisms

Current Position:

Principal Medical Affairs Specialist, Medtronic, Inc.

Major Advisor(s):

Donald A. Simone, Ph.D.

Selected Publications:

  • Ringkamp M, Johanek LM, Borzan J, Hartke TV, Wu G, Pogatzki-Zahn EM, Campbell JN, Shim B, Schepers RJ, Meyer RA. (2010) Conduction properties distinguish unmyelinated sympathetic efferent fibers and unmyelinated primary afferent fibers in the monkey.  PLoS One. Feb 5;5(2):e9076.
  • Johanek LM, Shim B, Borzan J, Hartke T, Meyer RA, Ringkamp M (2008) A role for polymodal C-fiber afferents in nonhistaminergic itch. J Neurosci 30:7659-7669.
  • Namer B, Carr R, Johanek LM, Schmelz M, Handwerker HO, Ringkamp M (2008) Separate peripheral pathways for pruritus in man.  J Neurophysiol. 2008 Jun 18. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Guan Y, Johanek LM, Hartke TV, Shim B, Tao YX, Ringkamp M, Meyer RA, Raja SN. (2008) Peripherally acting mu-opioid receptor agonist attenuates neuropathic pain in rats after L5 spinal nerve injury.  Pain. Feb 12  [Epub ahead of print]
  • Johanek LM,  Meyer RA, Hartke T, Hobelmann JG, Maine DN, Ringkamp M (2007) Psychophysical and physiological evidence for parallel afferent pathways mediating the sensation of itch. J Neurosci 27:7490-7497.
  • Johanek LM, Shim B, Meyer RA (2006) Chapter 4: Primary Hyperalgesia and Nociceptor Sensitization. In F Cervero and TS Jensen (eds.) Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Volume 18 (3rd series) Pain.  Elsevier B.V.
  • Johanek LM and Simone DA  (2005) The cannabinoid agonist, CP 55,940, prevents capsaicin-induced sensitization of spinal cord dorsal horn neurons.  Journal of Neurophysiology 93:989-997.
  • Johanek LM and Simone DA (2004) Activation of peripheral cannabinoid receptors attenuates cutaneous hyperalgesia produced by a heat injury.  Pain 109(3):432-42.
  • Johanek LM, Heitmiller DR, Turner M, Nader N, Hodges J, Simone DA (2001) Cannabinoids attenuate capsaicin-evoked hyperalgesia through spinal and peripheral mechanisms.  Pain 93(3):303-15. 
  • Johanek LM, Cullinan WE, Vaughn LK (2001) Increased mRNA expression for the alpha1 subunit of the GABAA receptor following nitrous oxide exposure in mice.  Brain Res Mol Brain Res 89(1-2):41-9.
Lisa Johanek