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Averitt Lab

Neuroscience research laboratory currently focused on pre-clinical research on novel pain mechanisms underlying the greater prevalence of craniofacial pain disorders in women and discovery of novel, non-opioid pain therapeutics. We are located in the Scientific Research Commons at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Specifically, our current research program is (1) examining the role of gonadal hormones on craniofacial pain, (2) determining whether stress differentially exacerbates craniofacial pain in females vs. males, (3) detecting whether gonadal hormone modulation of macrophages contributes to sex differences in craniofacial pain, and (4) discovery of novel non-opioid therapeutics.

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Utilizing primary neuron and immune cell culture techniques, immunohistochemistry, enzyme-linked immunoassays, in situ hybridization, confocal microscopy, pharmacological manipulations, and in vivo behavior testing to examine test our hypotheses on pain and analgesia.

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