ALAN R LIGHT

ALAN R LIGHT portrait
  • Adjunct Professor, Neurobiology & Anatomy Labs, University of Utah
  • Research Professor, Anesthesiology - Operations, University of Utah

Research

Research Summary

Dr. Light received a Javits Award from NIH for his research on descending control of pain. He is course director of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at University of Utah. His current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of the sensations of muscle pain and fatigue, and the plasticity they undergo following inflammation, injury and in functional disorders such as Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes.

Research Statement

Dr. Alan R. Light is currently Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah.  He received his BA from Hamilton College in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Physiology at SUNY Upstate in 1976, and did his postdoctoral work under Dr. Edward Perl, then worked through the ranks to Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Light moved to the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2003, where he is a member of the Pain Research Center and Program in Neuroscience.  Dr. Light has published over 90 peer reviewed research articles focused on the peripheral and spinal cord mechanisms of pain processing, and its descending control.  He has contributed to a number of advanced reviews and textbooks on pain, and authored the monograph “The Initial Processing of Pain and its Descending Control” published in the Pain and Headache series by Karger press and edited Translational Pain Research: From Mouse to Man.  He received a Javits Award from NIH for his research on descending control of pain.  He is course director of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at University of Utah.  His current research focuses on the mechanisms of the sensations of muscle pain and fatigue, and the plasticity they undergo following inflammation, injury and in functional disorders such as Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Calcium Imaging, real-time quantitative PCR, fatigue testing, nociceptive tests.