Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson,

Professor

Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Business Phone: (352) 294-4021
Business Email: rdjohnso@ufl.edu

Accomplishments

Teacher of the Year Award
2022 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2025
Teacher of the Year Award in Biological Sciences
2022 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Teacher of the Year Award
2019 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Term Professorship Award
2018 · University of Florida
Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
2016 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Research Foundation Professorship Award
2015 · University of Florida
Teacher of the Year Award
2015 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award
2015 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Basic Science Teacher of the Year Award
2012 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Research Foundation Professorship Award
2006 · University of Florida
Teacher of the Year Award
2005 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Basic Science Teacher of the Year Award
2003 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Basic Science Teacher of the Year Award
2000 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Teacher of the Year Award
2000 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Pfizer Award for Research Excellence
1999 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
National All-Collegiate Advisor Award
1998 · Collegiate Inventors Program
Teacher of the Year Award
1992 · UF College of Veterinary Medicine
Yearbook Teacher of the Year: School of Veterinary Medicine
1986 · University of California, Davis
Graduate Student Research Award
1983 · University of California, Davis

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2010,2014-2023
VEM5110 Animal Systems 1
2011-2025
DEN5120C Physiology
2007,2013-2025
VEM5902 Teaching Assistant Special Elective
2011-2023
VEM5112 Animal Systems 3
2020-2023
VEM5334L Equine Lameness and Imaging
2018-2019,2021
GMS6705 Functional Human Neuroanatomy
2017-2019,2021-2024,2023-2024
GMS6070 Sensory and Motor Systems
2018
VME7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2018
GMS7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2015,2018
GMS6711 Neurobiology of Pain
2018
BME7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2015-2017
VEM5311 Avian Med and Surgery
2012-2013
VME6905 Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences
2021
VME6932 Seminar in Physiological Sciences
2022-2023
GMS6701 Functional and Comparative Neuroanatomy for Professionals
2023
GMS7795 Special Topics in Neuroscience
2023
BMS6020 Clinical Neuroscience

Research Profile

The neurophysiology/neuroanatomy/immunohistochemistry of visceral and somatic sensory/motor neurons and the synaptic/functional interactions with spinal cord and brainstem interneurons. Investigation of the neural circuit maps, physiological mechanisms, and the therapeutic strategies associated with spinal cord/peripheral nerve injury and visceral organ dysfunction (including pancreas/diabetes, peripheral vasculature, urogenital tract). Teaching in anatomy and neuroscience.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0003-2037-1645

Publications

2023
Optogenetic urothelial cell stimulation induces bladder contractions and pelvic nerve afferent firing.
American journal of physiology. Renal physiology. 325(2):F150-F163 [DOI] 10.1152/ajprenal.00035.2023. [PMID] 37318991.
2023
The effects of targeted vagus nerve stimulation on glucose homeostasis in STZ-induced diabetic rodents.
Frontiers in neuroscience. 17 [DOI] 10.3389/fnins.2023.1179276. [PMID] 37397461.
2022
Calcitonin gene-related peptide and neurologic injury: An emerging target for headache management.
Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 220 [DOI] 10.1016/j.clineuro.2022.107355. [PMID] 35785661.
2022
Erector spinae plane block at the thoracolumbar spine: a canine cadaveric study.
Veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. 49(6):656-663 [DOI] 10.1016/j.vaa.2022.07.008. [PMID] 36050209.
2022
Identification and characterization of novel abdominal and pelvic brown adipose depots in mice.
Adipocyte. 11(1):616-629 [DOI] 10.1080/21623945.2022.2133415. [PMID] 36260113.
2022
Investigation and modulation of interleukin-6 following subarachnoid hemorrhage: targeting inflammatory activation for cerebral vasospasm.
Journal of neuroinflammation. 19(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12974-022-02592-x. [PMID] 36114540.
2021
Nav1.7 is required for normal C-low threshold mechanoreceptor function in humans and mice
Brain. 145(10):3637-3653 [DOI] 10.1093/brain/awab482. [PMID] 34957475.
2020
Designing a bioelectronic treatment for Type 1 diabetes: targeted parasympathetic modulation of insulin secretion.
Bioelectronics in medicine. 3(2):17-31 [DOI] 10.2217/bem-2020-0006. [PMID] 33169091.
2019
Anatomic characterization of pulmonary accessory fissures in canine cadavers.
Anatomia, histologia, embryologia. 48(2):157-163 [DOI] 10.1111/ahe.12424. [PMID] 30657203.
2018
Behavioral, cellular and molecular maladaptations covary with exposure to pyridostigmine bromide in a rat model of gulf war illness pain.
Toxicology and applied pharmacology. 352:119-131 [DOI] 10.1016/j.taap.2018.05.023. [PMID] 29803855.
2018
Differential effects of radiant and mechanically applied thermal stimuli on human C-tactile afferent firing patterns
Journal of Neurophysiology. 120(4):1885-1892 [DOI] 10.1152/jn.00940.2017. [PMID] 30044679.
2017
DEET potentiates the development and persistence of anticholinesterase dependent chronic pain signs in a rat model of Gulf War Illness pain.
Toxicology and applied pharmacology. 316:48-62 [DOI] 10.1016/j.taap.2016.12.014. [PMID] 28025109.
2017
Hypertension-Linked Pathophysiological Alterations in the Gut
Circulation Research. 120(2):312+-323 [DOI] 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.116.309006.
2017
Optimal Delineation of Single C-Tactile and C-Nociceptive Afferents in Humans By Latency Slowing
Journal of Neurophysiology. 117(4):1608-1614 [DOI] 10.1152/jn.00939.2016. [PMID] 28123010.
2016
Exposure to Gulf War Illness chemicals induces functional muscarinic receptor maladaptations in muscle nociceptors.
Neurotoxicology. 54:99-110 [DOI] 10.1016/j.neuro.2016.04.001. [PMID] 27058124.
2016
The Adaptor Protein CD2AP Is a Coordinator of Neurotrophin Signaling-Mediated Axon Arbor Plasticity
The Journal of Neuroscience. 36(15):4259-75 [DOI] 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2423-15.2016. [PMID] 27076424.
2015
A delayed chronic pain like condition with decreased Kv channel activity in a rat model of Gulf War Illness pain syndrome.
Neurotoxicology. 51:67-79 [DOI] 10.1016/j.neuro.2015.09.010. [PMID] 26409647.
2015
Effects of Lateral Funiculus Sparing, Spinal Lesion Level, and Gender On Recovery of Bladder Voiding Reflexes and Hematuria in Rats
Journal of Neurotrauma. 32(3):200-208 [DOI] 10.1089/neu.2013.3247. [PMID] 25137571.
2015
Involvement of Bone Marrow Cells and Neuroinflammation in Hypertension
Circulation research. 117(2):178-191 [DOI] 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.305853. [PMID] 25963715.
2015
Transcriptional Changes in Sensory Ganglia Associated With Primary Afferent Axon Collateral Sprouting in Spared Dermatome Model
Genomics Data. 6:249-252 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gdata.2015.10.005. [PMID] 26697387.
2014
Distinct Subclassification of Drg Neurons Innervating the Distal Colon and Glans Penis/Distal Urethra Based On the Electrophysiological Current Signature
Journal of Neurophysiology. 112(6):1392-1408 [DOI] 10.1152/jn.00560.2013. [PMID] 24872531.
2014
Human C-tactile afferents are tuned to the temperature of a skin-stroking caress.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 34(8):2879-83 [DOI] 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2847-13.2014. [PMID] 24553929.
2014
Organization of Sensory Input To the Nociceptive-Specific Cutaneous Trunk Muscle Reflex in Rat, An Effective Experimental System for Examining Nociception and Plasticity
Journal of Comparative Neurology. 522(5):1048-1071 [DOI] 10.1002/cne.23461. [PMID] 23983104.
2012
A Transcription Factor-Microrna Autoregulatory Loop Determines Dopamine Neuron Numbers
International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 30(8):679-679 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2012.10.027.
2011
Bilateral Bulbospinal Projections To Pudendal Motoneuron Circuitry After Chronic Spinal Cord Hemisection Injury as Revealed By Transsynaptic Tracing With Pseudorabies Virus
Journal of Neurotrauma. 28(4):595-605 [DOI] 10.1089/neu.2009.1180. [PMID] 21265606.
2010
Select Spinal Lesions Reveal Multiple Ascending Pathways in the Rat Conveying Input From the Male Genitalia
The Journal of physiology. 588(Pt 7):1073-1083 [DOI] 10.1113/jphysiol.2009.186544. [PMID] 20142271.
2009
T Regulatory Cell Function in Idiopathic Minimal Lesion Nephrotic Syndrome
Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany). 24(9):1691-1698 [DOI] 10.1007/s00467-009-1214-x. [PMID] 19495805.
2008
Distal Limb Radiography, Ossification, and Growth Plate Closure in the Juvenile Asian Elephant (Elephas Maximus)
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 39(3):320-334 [DOI] 10.1638/2007-0031.1.
2008
Segmental Neuropathic Pain Does Not Develop in Male Rats With Complete Spinal Transections
Journal of Neurotrauma. 25(10):1241-1245 [DOI] 10.1089/neu.2008.0515. [PMID] 18986225.
2008
Trpm8 Mechanism of Autonomic Nerve Response To Cold in Respiratory Airway
Molecular Pain. 4 [DOI] 10.1186/1744-8069-4-22. [PMID] 18534015.
2007
Heat sensitization in skin and muscle nociceptors expressing distinct combinations of TRPV1 and TRPV2 protein.
Journal of neurophysiology. 97(4):2651-62 [PMID] 17287441.
2007
Long-term effects of spinal cord injury on sexual function in men: implications for neuroplasticity.
Spinal cord. 45(5):338-48 [PMID] 17016492.
2007
Spinal cord injury influences psychogenic as well as physical components of female sexual ability.
Spinal cord. 45(5):349-59 [PMID] 17033619.
2007
The impact of spinal cord injury on sexual function: concerns of the general population.
Spinal cord. 45(5):328-37 [PMID] 17033620.
2006
Chronic spinal cord injury induced changes in the responses of thalamic neurons.
Experimental neurology. 197(1):177-88 [PMID] 16266704.
2006
Descending pathways modulating the spinal circuitry for ejaculation: effects of chronic spinal cord injury.
Progress in Brain Research. 152:415-26 [DOI] 10.1016/S0079-6123(05)52028-4. [PMID] 16198717.
2006
Expression of TWIK-related acid sensitive K+ channels in capsaicin sensitive and insensitive cells of rat dorsal root ganglia.
Neuroscience. 141(2):955-963 [DOI] 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2006.04.019. [PMID] 16725275.
2006
Proton sensitivity Ca2+ permeability and molecular basis of acid-sensing ion channels expressed in glabrous and hairy skin afferents.
Journal of neurophysiology. 95(4):2466-78 [PMID] 16407431.
2005
Augmented breath phase volume and timing relationships in the anesthetized rat.
Neuroscience letters. 373(2):89-93 [PMID] 15567559.
2005
Bilateral chronic constriction of the sciatic nerve: a model of long-term cold hyperalgesia.
Journal of Pain. 6(8):507-17 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2005.03.003. [PMID] 16084465.
2005
Diverse immunocytochemical expression of opioid receptors in electrophysiologically defined cells of rat dorsal root ganglia.
Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. 29(4):255-64 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jchemneu.2005.02.002. [PMID] 15927787.
2005
Nicotinic AChR in subclassified capsaicin-sensitive and -insensitive nociceptors of the rat DRG.
Journal of neurophysiology. 93(3):1358-71 [PMID] 15483069.
2004
Brain stem convergence of pelvic viscerosomatic inputs via spinal and vagal afferents.
Neuroreport. 15(8):1299-302 [PMID] 15167553.
2004
Characterization and function of TWIK-related acid sensing K+ channels in a rat nociceptive cell.
Neuroscience. 129(1):209-24 [DOI] 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2004.06.066. [PMID] 15489043.
2004
Effects of chronic dorsal column lesions on pelvic viscerosomatic convergent medullary reticular formation neurons.
Journal of neurophysiology. 92(6):3596-600 [PMID] 15282259.
2003
Respiratory motor recovery after unilateral spinal cord injury: eliminating crossed phrenic activity decreases tidal volume and increases contralateral respiratory motor output.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 23(6):2494-501 [PMID] 12657710.
2003
Responses of thalamic neurons to input from the male genitalia.
Journal of neurophysiology. 89(1):2-11 [PMID] 12522154.
2002
Differential effects of chronic spinal hemisection on somatic and visceral inputs to caudal brainstem.
Brain research. 947(2):234-42 [PMID] 12176166.
2002
Gray matter repair in the cervical spinal cord.
Progress in Brain Research. 137:49-70 [PMID] 12440359.
2002
The transduction properties of intercostal muscle mechanoreceptors.
BMC physiology. 2 [PMID] 12392601.
2001
Co-expression of P2X receptor subunits on rat nodose neurons that bind the isolectin GS-I-B4.
Neuroreport. 12(13):2995-7 [PMID] 11588618.
2000
Distribution of P2X1, P2X2, and P2X3 receptor subunits in rat primary afferents: relation to population markers and specific cell types.
Journal of chemical neuroanatomy. 20(2):141-62 [PMID] 11118807.
2000
Distribution patterns of different P2x receptor phenotypes in acutely dissociated dorsal root ganglion neurons of adult rats.
Experimental brain research. 134(1):126-32 [PMID] 11026733.
2000
Effects of acute and chronic midthoracic spinal cord injury on neural circuits for male sexual function. II. Descending pathways.
Journal of neurophysiology. 83(5):2508-18 [PMID] 10805652.
2000
P2X1 receptor subunit immunoreactivity and ATP-evoked fast currents in adult rat dorsal root ganglion neurons.
Neuroreport. 11(16):3589-92 [PMID] 11095524.
2000
Subclassified acutely dissociated cells of rat DRG: histochemistry and patterns of capsaicin-, proton-, and ATP-activated currents.
Journal of neurophysiology. 84(5):2365-79 [PMID] 11067979.
1999
Changes in neuronal receptive field characteristics in caudal brain stem following chronic spinal cord injury.
Journal of Neurotrauma. 16(6):533-41 [DOI] 10.1089/neu.1999.16.533. [PMID] 10391369.

Grants

Sep 2022 ACTIVE
Role of Angiotensin II in Bladder Dysfunction
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK
Aug 2022 ACTIVE
Neurovascular protection by adropin in acute neural injury from subarachnoid hemorrhage
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS
Jul 2022 – Jun 2024
Development of an optogenetic-based strategy for controlling the external urethral sphincter
Role: Other
Funding: AMER UROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION
Jul 2021 ACTIVE
Development of regional anesthesia techniques to treat chronic painful conditions of the stifle and elbow in dogs canine cadaveric study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU
Apr 2021 – Jun 2024
An optogenetic-based control paradigm for neuromodulation of bladder function following spinal cord injury
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIBIB
Dec 2020 – Dec 2023
IPA for Richard D. Johnson 2020-2021
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR
Dec 2020 – Sep 2023
IPA for Victoria Dugan 2020-2021
Role: Other
Funding: US DEPT OF VET AFF GAINESVILLE MED CTR
Jan 2017 – Mar 2021
Cognitive Augmentation through Neuroplasticity (CAN)
Role: Project Manager
Funding: DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGCY
Sep 2016 – Jul 2020
Neuromodulation-based treatment of diabetes: identifying anatomical and physiological pancreatic innervation targets
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH OD
Sep 2015 – Dec 2017
Neurovascular and Autonomic Dysfunction Associated with Gulf War Illness Pain
Role: Project Manager
Funding: US ARMY MED RES ACQUISITION via US DEPT OF DEFENSE

Education

PhD – Veterinary Anatomy
1985 · University of California, Davis
BS – Physiology
1976 · University of California, Davis

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-4021
Emails:
Business:
rdjohnso@ufl.edu
Addresses:
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COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
1333 Center Dr., Box 100144
DEPT OF PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
GAINESVILLE FL 326100144
Business Street:
B2-21 JHMHC, BUILDING 206
GAINESVILLE FL 326100144

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