The unit comprises the groups of Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer and two independent groups headed of Dietmar Benke and Mirko Santello.
The Zeilhofer group focuses on sensory processing on the spinal cord circuits and on pain. The research focus of the Benke group is trafficking of G-protein coupled receptors and protein-protein interactions of GABA-B receptors. The Santello group studies neuronal plasticity implicated in migraine pain.

Latest NEWS


Confirmation of a labeled line for itch in the spinal cord:

Please see "new publications" Albisetti et al; J Neuroscience; 2019 Jan; Epub ahead of print


Neuer Behandlungsansatz für Juckreizgeplagte:

siehe "new publications": Ralvenius et al; Nature comm;  2018 August 13; Epub ahead of print


Preisverleihung 20. Juli 2018

Distinction of Doctoral Thesis

We are happy to inform that the dissertation of Dr. Karen Haenraets has been nominated by the Dept. of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences. Dr. Haenraets will be awarded  with the ETH medal and a prize of CHF 2'000 .--  on July 20th, 2018 at the Promotion Ceremony. Title of the Thesis: "Identification of a spinal inhibitory interneuron population critical for stress-induced analgesia"

Bürgi-Preis 2018, April 19th, Bern

The Bürgi-Preis 2018 went to Dr. Mario Acuña former PhD student of Prof. H.U. Zeilhofer for his dissertation on "Positive Allosteric Modulation of Inhibitory Neurotransmitter Receptors - Novel Mechanisms and Targets to Restore Spinal Inhibition in Persistent Pain".



Latest publication on "acetaminophen/paracetamol and CB1 receptors"

(see New Publications: Klinger-Gratz et al)