As a neuroscientist trained in neuropharmacology, Aanonsen's research focuses
on understanding the causes of chronic pain. She is investigating neurochemicals involved
in processing sensory information in the spinal cord. Specifically, Aanonsen is studying
whether a naturally occurring substance in the body similar to THC or Cannabinoid can
help control pain. Aanonsen also direct the college’s Neuroscience Program and is
director of the Health Professions Advisory Committee. 

EDUCATION: B.S., Edgewood College, 1978; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1987 

Aanonsen has been teaching at Macalester since 1989. 

Journal Articles

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Antihyperalgesic effects of spinal cannabinoids (with J. Richardson), European journal of pharmacology (1998)
 

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R 141716A, a cannabinoid receptor antagonist, produces hyperalgesia in untreated mice (with J. Richardson and K. Hargreaves), European Journal of Pharmacology (1997)
 

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Characterization of carrageenan-induced inflammation in the mouse (with J. Richardson), Society for Neuroscience (1996)
 

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SR141716A, a cannabinoid receptor antagonist, induces NMDA-dependent hyperalgesia (with J. Richardson), Society for Neuroscience (1996)