What biological factors account for resilience to pain or to behavioral stress? Here, we discuss examples of cellular and molecular mechanisms within disparate parts of the nervous system as contributors to such resilience. In some especially well-studied humans, it is possible to identify particular neuronal cell types in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and pinpoint specific genes that are major contributors to pain resilience. We also discuss more complex factors that operate within the central nervous system (CNS) to confer resilience to behavioral stress. We propose that genetic and neurobiological substrates for resilience are discoverable and suggest more generally that neurology and psychiatry hold lessons for each other as investigators search for actionable, biological underpinnings of disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-935
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Molecular Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2020


Dive into the research topics of 'Resilience to Stress and Resilience to Pain: Lessons from Molecular Neurobiology and Genetics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this