Mr. Alexander Binshtok

Alex Binshtok is Cecile and Seymour Alpert Chair in Pain Research in The Department of Medical Neurobiology Hebrew University Medical School and Edmond and Lilly Safra Center for Brain Sciences. Dr. Binshtok received his BSc degree in Physical Therapy from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Summa cum Laude in 1995. Under the supervision of Prof. Michael Gutnick, Dr. Binshtok’s graduate work focused on cellular and molecular characteristics of neurons composing the rodent barrel cortex and their synaptic connectivity. Dr. Binshtok then took up a post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. Clifford Woolf at Harvard Medical School, a world-leading expert in pain research. As a PI at The Hebrew University Medical School Department of Medical Neurobiology, Prof. Binshtok has established a cutting-edge laboratory that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to understand the complex phenomenon of pain. Prof. Binshtok lab is studying molecular and cellular mechanisms of normal and abnormal (chronic) pain at all levels, starting from the terminal endings of peripheral neurons at the target organs and all the way up to cerebral cortex. Prof Binshtok is using advanced genetic, molecular, electro-optical and computational methods to study the plasticity of pain related circuits along pain neuraxis. He also developing new approaches for pain-selective anesthesia – an effective pain treatment without side effects.

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