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Papers: 10 Feb 2024 - 16 Feb 2024


Int Rev Neurobiol



Insight gained from using animal models to study pain in Parkinson’s disease.


Buhidma Y, Lama J, Duty S


Pain is one of the key non-motor symptoms experienced by a large proportion of people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), yet the mechanisms behind this pain remain elusive and as such its treatment remains suboptimal. It is hoped that through the study of animal models of PD, we can start to unravel some of the contributory mechanisms, and perhaps identify models that prove useful as test beds for assessing the efficacy of potential new analgesics. However, just how far along this journey are we right now? Is it even possible to model pain in PD in animal models of the disease? And have we gathered any insight into pain mechanisms from the use of animal models of PD so far? In this chapter we intend to address these questions and in particular highlight the findings generated by others, and our own group, following studies in a range of rodent models of PD.