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Michael P. Jankowski, PhD


  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

About

Biography

My areas of research include neuroscience, pain research and sensory neuron biology.
Our lab is investigating the mechanisms of sensory neuron sensitization with a particular emphasis on nociceptive processing. We seek to understand pain processing better to develop proper treatments.

Pain is a significant health issue that affects a large number of people worldwide. The mechanisms by which pain develops in children may be distinct from adults and influenced by non-neuronal communication. While we know a great deal of information about the role of nociceptors in the development of pain states, we do not have a comprehensive understanding of how distinct subtypes of sensory fibers modulate pain across the lifespan under different injury conditions.

Some of our discoveries include finding that peripheral growth hormone (GH) signaling to neurons not only modulates normal sensory development, but exogenous GH may also be used as a potential therapy for pediatric pain. We have obtained a U.S. patent to develop this technology. We also found that distinct growth factor signaling pathways have the ability to modulate both muscle pain and cardiovascular reflexes after ischemic injury to the periphery.

I am the recipient of numerous awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that support my research that began as early as my pre-doctoral training (2006). I am also a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar (2012) and was named a Cincinnati Children's Trustee Scholar in 2013. I am an associate editor for the journals Pain and Molecular Pain and a reviewer for more than 30 other peer-reviewed journals. I have been a researcher for more than 20 years and began my work at Cincinnati Children's in 2011.

My accomplishments, awards and recognitions include:

  • Named the Theodore W. Striker, MD Chair in Anesthesia Research
  • Serve as Director of Research in the Department of Anesthesia
  • Serve as Associate Director of Basic Science Research for the Center for Understanding Pediatric Pain (CUPP)
  • Served and continue to serve on several NIH, Department of Defense (DoD) and foundation study sections
  • Given more than 30 lectures at national and international forums
  • Trained over 25 individuals in the neurosciences, several of whom have received prestigious awards and funding for their work in my laboratory

I’m a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the US Association for the Study of Pain, the International Association for the Study of Pain and the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.

Publications

Selected

Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms influencing acute to chronic postsurgical pain transitions in pediatrics: Preclinical to clinical evidence. Dourson, AJ; Willits, A; Raut, NG R; Kader, L; Young, E; Jankowski, MP; Chidambaran, V. 2022; 6:85-107.

Selected

Early Life Nociception is Influenced by Peripheral Growth Hormone Signaling. Dourson, AJ; Ford, ZK; Green, KJ; McCrossan, CE; Hofmann, MC; Hudgins, RC; Jankowski, MP. Journal of Neuroscience. 2021; 41:4410-4427.

Selected

A dual role for peripheral GDNF signaling in nociception and cardiovascular reflexes in the mouse. Queme, LF; Weyler, AA; Cohen, ER; Hudgins, RC; Jankowski, MP. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2020; 117:698-707.

Selected

A histone deacetylase 3-dependent pathway delimits peripheral myelin growth and functional regeneration. He, X; Zhang, L; Queme, LF; Liu, X; Lu, A; Waclaw, RR; Dong, X; Zhou, W; Kidd, G; Yoon, S; et al. Nature Medicine. 2018; 24:338-351.

Selected

Interleukin 1β inhibition contributes to the antinociceptive effects of voluntary exercise on ischemia/reperfusion-induced hypersensitivity. Ross, JL; Queme, LF; Lamb, JE; Green, KJ; Ford, ZK; Jankowski, MP. Pain. 2018; 159:380-392.

Selected

Peripheral Mechanisms of Ischemic Myalgia. Queme, LF; Ross, JL; Jankowski, MP. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 2017; 11.

Loss of Enrichment Induces Widespread Muscle Mechanical Hypersensitivity and Enhances Pain Related Behaviors after Ischemia with Reperfusion Injury via Macrophage Dependent Mechanisms. Queme, LF; Butterfield, A; Hofmann, MC; Jankowski, MP. Pain Forum. 2022; 23:9-10.

Sex Specific Role of RNA-binding Protein, AUF1, in the Evolution of Acute to Chronic Pain after Repetitive Ischemia with Reperfusion Injury. Quijas, M; Queme, LF; Weyler, AA; Butterfield, A; Joshi, DP; Jankowski, MP. Pain Forum. 2022; 23.

Peripheral Neuro-immune Interactions in Atopic Dermatitis. Tripathi, GM; Brandt, EB; Queme, LF; Ruff, BP; Hoffman, MC; Khurana Hershey, GK; Jankowski, MP. Pain Forum. 2022; 23.

The Role of Schwann Cells in the Onset of Neuropathic Pain in Neurofibromatosis-1. Raut, NG R; Maile, L; Mitxelena, I; Queme, LF; Adlakha, A; Oswalt, L; Joshi, D; Rizvi, TA; Ratner, N; Jankowski, MP. Pain Forum. 2022; 23.

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Michael Jankowski Discusses Ischemic Myalgia on Podcast

Michael P. Jankowski, PhD8/14/2020