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Caron Dean-Bernhoft, PhD


Caron Dean-Bernhoft, PhD

Associate Professor


  • Anesthesia Research 151
    Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    5000 W. National Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53295
    (414) 384-2000 ext. 41577


BSc, University of Leeds, UK
PhD, University of Birmingham, UK
Postdoctoral Training, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Research Interests

  1. Central autonomic regulation
  2. Central regulation of pain
  3. Physiology of stress

My research emphasis is based in systems physiology with a focus on autonomic regulation primarily in stress conditions. Our current research uses acute and chronic animal studies and human studies to address the role of endocannabinoid signaling in the integration of sympatho-sensory responses and the transition from acute to chronic pain. Preclinical studies suggest that dysregulation of the endocannabinoid signaling system in the midbrain periaqueductal gray may play a role in the development of chronic pain. We use electrophysiological, biochemical and molecular approaches to address this issue and are determining the feasibility of translation of relevant preclinical data to humans.