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The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

The Initiation and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Seminar

10 September 2012
Building 85 Seminar room 2209

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Beatrice Murphy on +44 (0)23 8059 5374 or email .

Event details

Pain, though unpleasant, is vital for our survival and warns of potential and actual tissue damage. Pain restricts use of damaged tissue, allowing healing to occur. Injury to nerves, “neuropathic pain”, can be long lasting and was first identified as “phantom limb pain”.

Neuropathic pain can be associated with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, shingles, HIV-related neuropathies, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and spinal/brain injury. It is difficult to treat, being resistant to strong analgesics and so there is a need to understand the sensory processes underlying the emergence and persistence of neuropathic pain. In this talk the pathophysiological mechanisms associated with the onset of neuropathic pain will be reviewed and the possibilities for new therapeutic targets outlined.

Professor Peter Smith

Speaker information

Professor Peter A Smith, University of Alberta. Research: Pharmacology of Neuropathic Pain

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