My interests are in the mechanisms of drug- and stress-induced increases in pain sensitivity and how these play a role in substance use and addiction. This relates to my interest in priming, or how stressful, nociceptive, or inflammatory events, including drug use, can induce a state in which an individual’s reaction to future challenges is increased. My current research investigates whether a history of binge alcohol consumption is associated with differences in human pain sensitivity using Quantitative Sensory Testing; hormonal and immune assays; and psychological and social questionnaires.
Linsenbardt, H.R., Cook, J.L., Young, E.E., Vichaya, E.G., Young, C.R., Reusser, N.M., …, Meagher, M.W. (2015). Social disruption alters pain and cognition in an animal model of multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 288, 56-68.
Welsh, C.J.R., Steelman, Young, C.R., Linsenbardt, H. and Meagher M.W. (2015). Neuroendocrine-immune interactions in neurotropic viral infections. In C.S. Reiss (Eds.), Neurotropic Viral Infections (2nd ed.). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.