Michael Cooper, B.S., M.S.E.

Academic Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology, KUMC
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Over 100 million American currently have pre or frank diabetes, and 70% of all diabetics will develop a peripheral neuropathy. My work is examining how physical activity may provide a benefit in prediabetes to rescue the development of a painful neuropathy often seen in patients. I am examining how a high fat diet and inflammation may lead to an increase in molecular signaling in peripheral nerves, leading to a mechanical painful sensitivity, and how exercise’s numerous benefits in turn reduce or inhibit these molecular signals to provide relief. 

Memberships

Year Joined: Fall 2013

Mentor: Doug Wright, Ph.D.

Academic Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology, KUMC

 

Selected Publications

Papers:

  1.  Cooper, M.A., P.M. Kluding, D.E. Wright (2016).  Emerging Relationships Between Exercise, Sensory Nerves, and Neuropathic Pain. Frontiers in Neuroscience

Abstracts:

  1.  Cooper, M.A., J. Ryals, K. Wright, K. Walter, P. Yen-Wu, D. Wright (2016). Exercise Drive Alterations of High-Fat Diet Induced Mechanical Allodynia. Oral Presentation: 2016 Student Research Forum, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA
  2.  Cooper, M.A., J.M. Ryals, D.E. Wright (2015). Exercise-induced genetic alterations in high-fat  pre-diabetic mouse dorsal root ganglia. American Diabetes Association, Boston, MA, USA June 2015
  3.  Cooper, M.A., J.M. Ryals, D.E. Wright (2015). Genetic alterations in high-fat pre-diabetic exercised and sedentary mouse sensory nerve bodies. Oral Presentation: 2015 Student Research Forum, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA
  4.  Cooper, M.A., N.W. Grossman, J.M. Ryals, D.E. Wright (2014). Painful neuropathy induced by a high-fat diet is reduced by restricted exercise in prediabetic C57BL/6 mice. Oral Presentation: 2014 Student Research Forum, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA

Selected Awards & Honors

Lila & Madison Self Fellowship, 1st Place Oral Presentation Session 2 KUMC Student Research Forum


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
Telephone: (785) 864-3531 or (785) 864-3893
E-mail: dobrowsky@ku.edu or psteffan@ku.edu

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