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Humble Planaria worm offers ideal model for drug withdrawal research

mber Planaria from biology experiments in grade school. According to Raffa, the worm was a popular research model in the 1960s, but hasn't been used much since. Because of its many advantages, however, he predicts they might experience a resurgence of use in scientific research over the next couple of years.

Before Raffa entered academia, he was a scientist at Johnson & Johnson, where he conducted important work on the analgesic drug Tramadol. Today, he continues to study analgesics, with a current project looking at how acetaminophen produces its effects. Through pharmacology, he combines his interests in math, engineering and the brain. His primary interest is in figuring out how drugs work and produce their effects.


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Contact: Eryn Jelesiewicz
dobeck@temple.edu
215-707-0730
Temple University
29-Nov-2004


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