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SONA Webinar Series: Selectively Silencing Nociceptor Sensory Neurons
Local anesthetics decrease the excitability of all neurons by blocking voltage-gated sodium channels non-selectively. We have developed a technology to silence only those sensory neurons – the nociceptors – that trigger pain, itch, and cough. I will tell you why and how we devised the strategy, the way we showed that it works, and will also discuss its implications for treating multiple human disorders.

Sep 23, 2021 05:00 PM in Johannesburg

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Clifford J. Woolf
Professor @Harvard Medical School
Clifford J. Woolf, MB, BCh, PhD, was born and educated in South Africa, became a Neurobiology Professor at University College London, then the Richard J. Kitz Professor of Anesthesiology Research, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Presently, he is the F. M. Kirby Neurobiology Center Director, Boston Children’s Hospital, and a Neurology/Neurobiology Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Woolf’s many honors and prizes include membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Doctoris Honoris Causa (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), a Gill Distinguished Scientist Award and the Reeve-Irvine Medal. He works on adaptive and maladaptive plasticity of the nervous system