Ara Schorscher-Petcu, Ph.D. (McGill University)

Graduate Student

Currently a postdoctoral fellow at University College, London

  • Dissertation Title:  "Involvement of neuropeptides calcitonin gene-related peptide, vasopressin, and oxytocin in nociception and emotional reactivity in the mouse."
  • LaCroix-Fralish, M.L., Mo, G., Smith, S.B., Sotocinal, S.G., Ritchie, J., Austin, J.-S., Melmed, K., Schorscher-Petcu, A., Laferriere, A., Lee, T.H., Romanovsky, D., Liao, G., Behlke, M.A., Clark, J.D., Peltz, G., Seguela, P., Dobretsov, M., and Mogil, J.S. The beta3 subunit of the Na+,K+-ATPase mediates variable nociceptive sensitivity in the formalin test. Pain, 144:294-302, 2009.
  • Schorscher-Petcu, A., Austin, J.-S., Mogil, J.S., and Quirion, R. Role of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in locomotor, anxiety- and depression-like behaviors in two mouse strains exhibiting a CGRP-dependent difference in thermal pain sensitivity. J. Molec. Neurosci., 39:125-136, 2009.
  • Schorscher-Petcu, A., Sotocinal, S.G., Ciura, S., Dupre, A., Ritchie, J., Sorge, R.E., Crawley, J.N., Hu, S.-B., Nishimori, K., Young, L.J., Tribollet, E., Quirion, R., and Mogil, J.S. Oxytocin-induced analgesia and scratching are mediated by the vasopressin-1A receptor in the mouse. J. Neurosci., 30:8274-8284, 2010.
  • Mogil, J.S., Graham, A.C., Ritchie, J., Hughes, S.F., Austin, J.-S., Schorscher-Petcu, A., Langford, D.J., and Bennett, G.J. Hypolocomotion, asymmetrically directed behaviors (licking, lifting, flinching, and shaking) and dynamic weight bearing (gait) changes are not measures of neuropathic pain in mice. Mol. Pain, 6:34, 2010.
  • Mogil, J.S., Sorge, R.E., LaCroix-Fralish, M.L., Smith, S.B., Fortin, A., Sotocinal, S.G., Ritchie, J.R., Austin, J.-S., Schorscher-Petcu, A., Melmed, K., Czerminski, J., Bittong, R.A., Mokris, J.B., Neubert, J.K., Campbell, C.M., Edwards, R.R., Campbell, J.N., Crawley, J.N., Lariviere, W.R., Wallace, M.R., Sternberg, W.F., Balaban, C.D., Belfer, I., and Fillingim, R.B. Pain sensitivity and vasopressin analgesia are mediated by a gene-sex-environment interaction. Nat. Neurosci., 14:1569-1573, 2011.
  • Malfait, A.M., Seymour, A.B., Gao, F., Tortorella, M.D., Hellio Le Graverand-Gastineau, M.P., Wood, L.S., Doherty, M., Doherty, S., Zhang, W., Arden, N.K., Vaughn, F.L., Leaverton, P.E., Spector, T.D., Hart, D.J., Maciewicz, R.A., Muir, K.R., Das, R., Sorge, R.E., Sotocinal, S.G., Schorscher-Petcu, A., Valdes, A.M., and Mogil, J.S.  A role for PACE4 in osteoarthritis pain: evidence from human genetic association and null mutant phenotype.  Ann. Rheum. Dis., 71:1042-1048, 2012.
Graduate Student

Currently a postdoctoral fellow at University College, London

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