Emeran A. Mayer, MD

  • Professor, Departments of Medicine, Physiology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Director, UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women’s Health (CNS)
  • Co-founder, UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine
  • Member, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

Emeran Mayer, M.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, and has more than 15 years of experience in the study of clinical and neurobiological aspects of brain gut interactions in health and disease. He has published more than 110 original peer reviewed articles, 60 chapters and reviews, co-edited two books, and organized several interdisciplinary symposia in the area of visceral pain and mind body interactions. He has made seminal contributions to the characterization of physiologic alterations in patients with functional disorders, particularly in the area of interoceptive mechanisms, including visceral pain and altered brain responses in humans. Specifically, his research efforts include the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms of chemo- and mechanotransduction of primary afferent nerves; animal studies on stress modulation of visceral pain and associated autonomic responses; human physiology studies on cerebral, autonomic, neuroendocrine, and perceptual responses to visceral stimulation; and health outcomes, quality of life, and epidemiological studies in populations suffering from chronic gastrointestinal disorders.

Dr. Mayer is Director of the NIH-funded Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women’s Health and Co-Director of the CURE Digestive Diseases Research Center. He is P.I. on two NIH Center grants and has two active R01 grants, one on basic mechanisms of NMDA receptors in visceral nociception, the other on brain and perceptual responses to visceral stimuli. He has served on the editorial boards of the leading journals in digestive diseases, including Gastroenterology, Gut, Digestion and the American Journal of Physiology, and has served as reviewer for a wide range of medical and neuroscience journals, as an ad hoc reviewer for national and international funding agencies, and on ad hoc NIH study sections.

Selected Publications

Schwetz I, Bradesi S, McRoberts JA, Sablad M, Miller JC, Zhou H, Ohning G, Mayer EA. Delayed stress-induced colonic hypersensitivity in male Wistar rats: Role of neurokinin-1 and corticotropin-releasing factor-1 receptors. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 286:G683-689, 2004

Lieberman MD, Jarcho JM, Berman S, Naliboff BD, Suyenobu BY, Mandelkern M, Mayer EA. The neural correlates of placebo effects: a disruption account. Neuroimage 22:447-455, 2004

Li J, McRoberts JA, Nie J, Ennes HS, Mayer EA. Functional characteristics of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors in rat dorsal root ganglia neurons. Pain 109:443-452, 2004

Mayer EA, Fanselow M. Dissecting the components of the central response to stress. Nature Neuroscience, 6:8-9, 2003

Wong HY, Mayer EA. Gastrointestinal Pain. In S McMahon, M Koltzenburg (Eds.), Wall and Melzack Textbook of Pain, 5th edition, Elsevier, 2004, in press.

Contact Information

Emeran A. Mayer, MD
UCLA CNS: Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women’s Health
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Building 115, Room 223
Los Angeles, CA 90073
On-campus mail: BVA Building 115, Room 223 179247
Tel: (310) 312-9276
Fax: (310) 794-2864
E-mail: emayer@ucla.edu
Web: www.cure.med.ucla.edu, www.uclacns.org, www.uclamindbody.org

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