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Ignacio Lizarraga-Madrigal

Doctor of Philosophy, (Veterinary Science)
Study Completed: 2006
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Spinal analgesic interaction between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and N-methyl D-aspartate receptor systems.

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Dr Lizarraga-Madrigal studied the potential analgesic interactions between aspirin-like drugs and NMDA receptor systems at the spinal cord level. He carried out a series of studies. The studies’ objectives involved identifying drug combinations that would control pain in a more efficient way and produce less side effects compared to individual drugs. Using electrophysiological and behavioural techniques, his research showed that combinations of ketoprofen, ketamine and L-NAME may be useful for controlling pain and producing less side effects compared to using each individual drug. These findings may be of clinical relevance for both animals and humans

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