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Pain-Sensing Neurons | Silicon Photonic Devices

Time: Saturday March 9th, 2019, 1:30pm-5pm 
Location: 9600 Blackwell Road, #300, Rockville, MD 20850 
US Center for Chinese Medicine by Beijing University of Chinese Medicine


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Lecture 17: Why we itch? – Molecular and Genetic Studies of Pain-sensing Neurons


Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Xinzhong Dong
Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Dermatology
Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Department of Neuroscience
John Hopkins University, USA


Itch is a sensation we feel every day. However, it is not much known about what neurons and molecules mediate itch until recently. In addition, many diseases can cause chronic itch which affects the quality of life for millions of people. Currently, there is no FDA approved drug specifically treating chronic itch. Dr. Xinzhong Dong at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will talk about the recent development of itch research and novel strategy to treat chronic itch.


Speaker Biography:
Dr. Xinzhong Dong is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Dong has identified many genes specifically expressed in the pain-sensing neurons of the brain’s dorsal-root ganglia.


Using approaches that include molecular biology, mouse genetics and behavior, and electrophysiology, his research examines the function of these genes in pain sensation.


Dr. Dong serves on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences and the Center for Sensory Biology, as well as on the Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute’s scientific advisory board.

He received his B.A. from Holy Cross College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Fee: FREE seminar to the public, $5 for onsite refreshments if needed
Dress Code: Business Casual


Organizers CAST Washington DC Chapter and Network Information Society 
US Center for Chinese Medicine by Beijing University of Chinese Medicine


Co-organizer NIST-CSSA, NIH-CSSA



The Chinese Association for Science and Technology – Washington DC Chapter (CAST-DC) was founded on Dec 11, 1993, as a not-for-profit and non-political organization registered in the USA. It is a local chapter of The Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST-USA). CAST-DC Chapter includes over 1, 000 members from famous research organizations as well as local high-tech companies in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.


The missions of the CAST-DC are to promote academic exchanges and professional development of CAST-USA members; to serve as a bridge for the collaboration between China and the United States in personnel, science, technology, information, economic, trade and other areas.

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