Al Beitz, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Al Beitz

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-625-2595

Mailing Address:
295S AS/VM Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

PhD, Anatomy, University of Minnesota

BS, Biology, Gannon University


Dr. Beitz was trained as a neuroscientist and neuroimmunologist and has an extensive background working in the areas of neural mechanisms of acupuncture, neural mechanisms of acute and chronic pain particularly tumor, neuropathic and inflammatory associated pain and the role of the immune system in exacerbating pain. He is currently examining both the central and peripheral mechanisms underlying the inhibitory effect of acupuncture on Sickle Cell Disease-induced pain as well as gender differences associated with several pain conditions. Dr. Beitz is also working with colleagues in South Korea on spinal and peripheral mechanisms underlying several different pain conditions.


Teaching: Physiology, Active Learning

Research: Pain; Acupuncture

Service: Administration, Senate


Research Summary/Interests

I have an extensive background working in the area of pain, neuroimmune interactions and acupuncture. We have utilized several models of acute and persistent pain to understand both the peripheral and central mechanisms involved in the generation and maintenance of chronic pain states. In particular, we have focused our efforts in elucidating the mechanisms underlying inflammatory, ischemic and cancer pain. Finally, our lab also has extensive experience with utilizing both manual and electroacupuncture in rodent models of pain, inflammation and hypertension.




  • CVM6901, Veterinary Physiology I
  • CVM6906, Critical Scientific Reading
  • CVM6000, Gopher Orientation & Leadership Experience