PhD on neuro-immune mechanisms in visceral pain - Belgium
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- 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.