How a light touch can spur severe itching

Hongzhen Hu, PhD has found that itching caused by touch is directly related to the number of touch receptors embedded in the skin. His team found, in mice, that fewer receptors make it more likely touching will induce itching.

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Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD named Shelden Professor in Anesthesiology

Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD, director of the Washington University Center for the Study of Itch, has been named the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor in Anesthesiology.

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Brain hardwired to respond to others’ itching

Itching is a highly contagious. When we see someone scratch, we’re likely to scratch, too. New research from the Center for the Study of Itch shows contagious itching is hardwired in the brain.

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Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD and Devin M. Barry, PhD identify potential new target for treating itch

Zhou-Feng Chen, PhD and Devin M. Barry, PhD have found that certain pathways in the sensory neurons of mice can work together to transmit itch signals.

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Qin Liu, PhD selected as Pew Scholar

Liu, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, is one of twenty-two promising early-career researchers named to the 2015 class of Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences.

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