Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (14/05/2013 03.19)

The Cross-Talk Between Peptidergic And Non-Peptidergic Primary Afferent Fibres In Chronic Pain: Neurotrophic Factor And Peptide Signalling.

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GDNF and SST are two neuromodulators expressed by nociceptive peptidergic primary afferent fibers of the spinal cord, implicated in the modulation of nociceptive transmission acting through specific receptors. The project will investigate the modulatory effects of GDNF/SST on sensory neurotransmission in two models of chronic pain: a zymosan-induced inflammatory pain model and a streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetic (T1D) neuropathic pain model. The following aims will be addressed: AIM 1) To study the interactions between GFRa1/RET and SSTR2 in the same nociceptors and understand if the activation of one interfere on the activity of the other. AIM 2) To investigate the role of GDNF/SST in a zymosan-induced inflammatory pain model. AIM 3) To investigate the role of GDNF/SST in a streptozotocin-induced T1D pain model. A multidisciplinary experimental approach will be used: Ca2+ imaging, electrophysiology, light and electron microscopic immunohistochemistry, behavioural tests.

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qualifications and interview (in Turin)

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageExperienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityyes
Total amount per fellowship per year19367
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceyes
Covers research costsyes
Maximum duration of fellowship24
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Universita' degli Studi di Torino

Public research
Turin - Italy