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Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 9:06am

Postdoctoral scholar Nikita Burke, PhD is studying the link from early-life pain to altered sensitivity to pain in adolescence, and she has recently been awarded an Alberta Innovates Postdoctoral Scholarship for her work.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide experience some form of peripheral nerve damage, either from injury or disease. New research has discovered that a naturally occurring protein can enhance the repair of these damaged nerves and restore motor and sensory deficits.

HBI researchers have discovered that an existing anti-gout medication is effective in reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent rodents. Their work is leading to the development of a clinical trial at the Calgary Pain Clinic.