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PhD on neuro-immune mechanisms in visceral pain Leuven Belgium,  

KU Leuven (company)

Posted on : 20 April 2017

Project Description

  • Our group has a major interest in the interaction between (microscopic) inflammation and neuromuscular function. 
  • Disruption of the intestinal barrier by stress, injury or infection and the subsequent response of the mucosal immune system are crucial events in a wide range of disorders, including functional bowel disorders.
  • This project will study the mechanisms underlying abnormal visceral pain perception, especially focusing on the role of proteases and sensitization of nociceptors, in particular TRP channels. 
  • The PhD student will be exposed to several state-of-the-art techniques such as calcium imaging of neural activity, afferent nerve recording and in vivo animal experiments.

We seek highly motivated and excellent candidates graduated in biomedical, medical or pharmaceutical sciences or bio engineering with an interest in neuroimmune interaction. 

 We offer a 4 year PhD research fellowship in a challenging and well equipped research environment with excellent facilities in one of the largest biomedical institutions in Belgium.


3000 Leuven Belgium

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