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Dr. Nachum Dafny

Dr. Nachum Dafny

Regular Member

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Medical School
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

The main focus of this laboratory is two-fold: pain mechanisms, including pain suppression and electro-acupuncture, and drug abuse mechanisms, involving morphine, cocaine, alcohol, ritalin, amphetamine, ecstasy and Prozac. Behavioral, neurophysiological, pharmacological, endocrinologic and immunological procedures are used, primarily with the rodent as an animal model. The electrophysiological procedures used include single cell and evoked potential recording, electroencephalography (EEG), and brain stimulation. Computerized techniques are used for monitoring animal behavior.

The laboratory is also involved with several other studies. These concern connections between the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems; brain regulation of hormonal secretion; mechanisms of obesity and satiety; and the electrophysiology of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, and of peptides, with clinical application to Parkinsonism, Huntington's chorea, and Tardive dyskinesia. In addition, collaborative immunological and endocrinologic studies are conducted with other groups in the Texas Medical Center.



Medical School Faculty

Program Affiliation:

Program in Neuroscience

Contact Information

Phone: 713.500.5616


Office: MSB 7.208b

Title: Professor


Ph.D. - Hadassah Medical School - 1969