Alison Greenlief, B.S.

Mentor: Julie Christianson, Ph.D. - Mentor's Academic Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology
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Chronic pain syndromes are a common clinical complaint, yet no good therapeutic is available. To combat this disparity, I will begin research by looking at the effects of CRF1 and CRF2 antagonists on painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis in a neonatal separation mouse model; as well as, doing exploratory research into CRF containing neurons in the periphery using a transgenic mouse model. Depending on the results, I will delve further into the effects of these antagonists on other systems (including off-target negative outcomes) and on other pain syndromes.


June 2014 Joined MD-PhD program, May 2016 Joined lab

Selected Publications

Wilkins Heather M, Carl Steven M, Greenlief Alison, Festoff Barry, Swerdlow Russell H . (2014) “Bioenergetic Dysfunction and Inflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Possible Connection”. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Contact Information

The University of Kansas
Neuroscience Graduate Program
c/o Dr. Rick Dobrowsky
School of Pharmacy, Ste 2001-D
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
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