University researchers discover novel cure for pain of sickle cell desease


The interprofessional University of Minnesota research team led by Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D. (Medicine), in collaboration with School of Dentistry neuroscientists Don Simone, Ph.D. and Sergey Khasabov, M.D., Ph.D., (Diagnostic/Biological Sciences), Robert Hebbel, M.D. (Medicine) and Marna Ericson, Ph.D. (Dermatology), has discovered that cannabinoids offer a novel approach to ease the chronic and acute pain caused by sickle cell disease (SCD). Their paper, “Pain related behaviors and neurochemical alterations in mice expressing sickle hemoglobin: modulation by cannabinoids” was featured on the cover of the July 22, 2010 issue of Blood. Read more.

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