Meet Florenta Aura Kullmann, Ferring Innovation Grant recipient
Title: Research Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, US
Research Project: Artemin: a novel target for treatment of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)
The main goal of this project is to determine the mechanism by which artemin, a growth factor produced by cells in the nervous system, plays a role in bladder pain in IC/BPS.
What motivated you to research this area? IC/BPS is a debilitating chronic condition characterised by pelvic pain, and frequent and urgent urination. The etiology is complex and poorly understood, available treatments are not satisfactory, and there is a huge unmet need for patients and healthcare providers. I have spent over 10 years researching mechanisms underlying voiding dysfunctions and visceral pain. I am committed to research in this area to ensure that better treatments become available for patients.
Most exciting thing about your research project? There are many interesting aspects of the project, especially when it comes to understanding how a growth factor that supports development and survival of neurons can modulate pain.
Another very exciting aspect of this project is the involvement of two undergraduate students in this research. Seeing their enthusiasm and curiosity and being able to guide them during this journey is truly rewarding. Training a new generation of dedicated researchers is one of my scientific missions and in this regard, financial help from the Ferring grant is extremely beneficial.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Curious, persistent, imaginative.
Interesting fact about yourself? I like to knit and clean in my small breaks from grant and paper writing.
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