Alice Larson, PhD

Alice Larson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-3650

Fax 612-625-0204

Mailing Address:
235F AS/VM Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

PhD,Pharmacology, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

BA, Biology, University of Minnesota



Neuroscience in the areas of basic pain transmission and fibromyalgia


Research Summary/Interests

My research focuses on various aspects of pain transmission, especially that associated with musculoskeletal disorders such as fibromyalgia syndrome. Fibromyalgia is dramatically exacerbated by stress and diagnosed more than four times more frequently in females than in males. My most recent NIH grant focuses on determining whether stress hormones, like corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRF) or urocortins, cause musculoskeletal hyperalgesia in mice that is similar to that in fibromyalgia. Another direction that I have explored is the possibility that mast cells in the brain modulate pain transmission centrally as it is known to do peripherally. 



Academic Interests and Focus

I have mentored students from Comparative Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Statistics graduate programs. I have had two undergraduate students complete their Honors Thesis based on their efforts in my laboratory, and have hosted Summer Scholars students in my laboratory. I support the Powell Women’s Center which is dedicated to improving women’s health through increased knowledge of medical conditions that are unique to females and through training of junior faculty, postdoctoral associates, and students in women’s health and research.


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