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Million Mulugeta, DVM, PhD
Associate Director, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center; Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Mulugeta focuses on the role of CRF2 receptors (CRF2R) in stress-related alteration of colonic function and visceral pain. His research program tests the hypothesis that CRFR2 activation modulates stress-related neuroenteric physiology, lower gut motor function alterations and stress-related visceral pain of colonic origin. Short term goals are 1) identification of enteric neuron, neuroendocrine and spinal cells expressing the CRF2R and its ligand/s and 2) understanding of the interaction of CRF2R and CRF1R activation during stress. Long-term goals include defining the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the coping response, homeostasis, of the gastrointestinal tract during stress.

Dr Mulugeta has published several papers on the brain-gut interaction and stress related gastrointestinal motility, pain and inflammatory responses. He serves as a peer-reviewer for numerous medical journals, and is on the editorial boards for the Digestive Diseases & Science and the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr Mulugeta is recipient of several awards including the 2011 International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders award in basic sciences. Dr Mulugeta’s research is supported by NIH and industry grants.

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