Al Beitz, PhD

Al Beitz

Contact Info

beitz001@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-625-2595

Mailing Address:
295S AS/VM Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Professor

Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Director
Center for Educational Innovation


NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

PhD, Anatomy, University of Minnesota

BS, Biology, Gannon University


Summary

Dr. Beitz was trained as a neuroscientist and neuroimmunologist and has an extensive background working in the areas of neural mechanisms of acupuncture, neural mechanisms of acute and chronic pain particularly tumor, neuropathic and inflammatory associated pain and the role of the immune system in exacerbating pain. He is currently examining both the central and peripheral mechanisms underlying the inhibitory effect of acupuncture on Sickle Cell Disease-induced pain as well as gender differences associated with several pain conditions. Dr. Beitz is also working with colleagues in South Korea on spinal and peripheral mechanisms underlying several different pain conditions.

Expertise

Teaching: Physiology, Active Learning

Research: Pain; Acupuncture

Service: Administration, Senate

Research

Research Summary/Interests

I have an extensive background working in the area of pain, neuroimmune interactions and acupuncture. We have utilized several models of acute and persistent pain to understand both the peripheral and central mechanisms involved in the generation and maintenance of chronic pain states. In particular, we have focused our efforts in elucidating the mechanisms underlying inflammatory, ischemic and cancer pain. Finally, our lab also has extensive experience with utilizing both manual and electroacupuncture in rodent models of pain, inflammation and hypertension.

Publications

Teaching

Courses

  • CVM6901, Veterinary Physiology I
  • CVM6906, Critical Scientific Reading
  • CVM6000, Gopher Orientation & Leadership Experience