Research Assistant to help with the study: “Impact of Inflammation on Pathophysiologic Nerve Regeneration”

Mentor Name:
Wesley Warner

Mentor Position:
OUR Certified Mentor

Department:
Neurosurgery

College:
Medicine

Email:
wesley.warner@hsc.utah.edu


Project Description:

The most common and destructive form of clinical peripheral nerve injury is due to rapid-stretch trauma. Neuroma-in-continuity (NIC) is a pathophysiologic outcome frequently associated with these injuries, and aberrant inflammation may contribute to this pathophysiology by orchestrating a microenvironment that inhibits axonal regeneration. This project aims to modulate inflammation through therapeutic agents with the hope of preventing neuroma formation and associated neurologic deficits.



Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; This is a work-study research position; Prepare a UROP proposal


Student Role:

Students will primarily assist in histologic techniques such as tissue processing, IHC staining, microscopy/imaging, and data/image analysis with the potential for expansion.


Student Benefits:

Basic/translational research experience and skills. Potential to learn surgical and tissue harvest techniques, and expansion to other projects. Opportunity for publication.


Project Duration:

5-10 hours/week for project duration, through FY of July 2023, but we have numerous ongoing projects. Multiple semester involvement. Commitment/flexibility can be discussed.


Minimum Requirements:

1. Good work ethic 2. Reliable 3. Good personal and communication skills 4. Interest in neuroscience, neurotrauma, translational research, medicine