Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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photo Charles Horn, PhD

Member, Biobehavioral Oncology Program, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Graduate training faculty, Center for Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh

Member, Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research


Phone: 412-623-1417

Office: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Hillman Cancer Center - Research Pavilion, G17b
5117 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-623-1417
Fax: 412-623-1119
Education and Training
Ph.D., Behavioral Neuroscience, Kansas State University, 1996
M.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, Kansas State University, 1993
B.S., Psychology, Missouri State University, 1991
Postdoctoral fellowship, Columbia University, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, New York City, 2000
Research Interest
An Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Horn's primary research focus is the neurobiology of vagus nerve signaling in health and disease and, more generally, the role of gut-brain communication in homeostasis. Numerous medical treatments and diseases affect gut-brain interactions to elicit nausea and emesis, reduced food intake, inflammatory responses, and modulation of pain, including cytotoxic chemotherapy agents. This line of research has the long-term goal of developing treatments to decrease symptom burden and improve quality of life for patients.
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Selected Publications:
Rosenberg DM, Horn CC. Neurophysiological analytics for all! Free open-source software tools for documenting, analyzing, visualizing, and sharing using electronic notebooks. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2016.
Horn CC, Zirpel L, Sciullo MG, Rosenberg DM. Impact of electrical stimulation of the stomach on gastric distension-induced emesis in the musk shrew. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2016.
Andrews PLR, Horn CC. Signals for nausea and emesis: Implications for models of upper gastrointestinal diseases. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical. 2006; 125: 100-115.
Notable Achievements
Special Issue Editor - Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical, "Nausea & Vomiting", 2015
Special Issue Editor - Experimental Brain Research, "Nausea & Vomiting, 2014
1st Place Poster: Univ. of Pgh. Cancer Institute - Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program Satellite Retreat, 2012
Hillman Fellow for Innovative Cancer Research - Hillman Foundation, 2012
Top Reviewer Award - Jounarl of Neuroscience Methods, 2009
Member, Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research, 2010 - Present
Member, International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience, 2004 - Present
Member, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, 2004 - Present
Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001 - Present
Member, American Physiological Society, 2007 - Present