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Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 9:06am

What if asthma attacks are not only an inflammatory response to allergens, like pet dander, but are exacerbated by a powerful nervous system response that sends signals for airways to narrow? That’s the question being tested by Nicholas Jendzjowsky, PhD.

Postdoctoral scholar Nikita Burke, PhD is studying the link from early-life pain to altered sensitivity to pain in adolescence, and she has recently been awarded an Alberta Innovates Postdoctoral Scholarship for her work.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide experience some form of peripheral nerve damage, either from injury or disease. New research has discovered that a naturally occurring protein can enhance the repair of these damaged nerves and restore motor and sensory deficits.