Alan Randich, Ph.D.
Primary Department Affiliation: Psychology
Dr. Randich studies basic mechanisms of pain and pain modulation. His current research examines how early-in-life experiences with inflammation of the bladder may predispose an individual to later-in-life painful bladder disorders like interstitial cystitis. This research involves immunohistochemical and electrophysiological studies of the bladder, primary bladder afferents, spinal cord neurons involved in processing bladder pain, endogenous opioids and brainstem structures that modulate spinal pain processing. These studies will lead to a better understanding of interstitial cystitis and other painful bladder syndromes.