What makes us sneeze? (Links to an external site)

A team led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified, in mice, specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex. Better understanding of what causes us to sneeze — specifically how neurons behave in response to allergens and viruses — may point to treatments capable of slowing the spread of infectious respiratory diseases.

What makes the aging skin itchy?

Congratulation to Dr. Hongzhen Hu!  A new study explains why getting old may make you itchy.  Read news Record, Science, Live Science, UPI, Science Alert, PainWeek, people.cn.

Potential new therapy relieves chronic itch

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Kim’s team! Dr. Brian Kim, dermatologist, and Landon Oetjen, MD/PhD student, of the CSI discover highly promising new pathway for the treatment of chronic itch. Please read news Record, Daily Mail.

Why itch is contagious?

Dr. Zhou-Feng Chen’s team discovers why mice scratch in response to other mice scratching. Read news Record, St.Louis Public Radio, Independent, NBC, Daily Mail, The Guardian, Hoffington Post, Smithsonian, Express, Livescience, Inverse, Cell, 知识分子. Watch video here: Scientific American.

New York Times Features Innovative Research at CSI from The New York Times

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Drs. Zhou-Feng Chen and Lynn Cornelius, talk about chronic itch as an unmet need and the clinical implication of the discovery of an itch-specific receptor called GRPR. Read The New York Time article “Itching: more than deep-skin”.