Brain Mechanisms of Chronic Pain

Brain Mechanisms of Chronic Pain


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Vania Apkarian

About The Course:

The mission of the San Diego Pain Summit is to help clinicians learn ways to create frameworks based on current pain research so they can develop effective pain management programs for their patients. Together we are working to bridge the chasm to develop effective pain management programs for our patients.

This course was recorded at a multi-disciplinary conference where clinicians learn how to apply current pain research into clinical practice. 

Who Is This Course For: 
This course is relevant to all healthcare professionals. 

About The Instructor:

Vania Apkarian, Ph.D.

Dr. A. Vania Apkarian has been a professor in the Department of Physiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, since 2002. Dr. Apkarian's educational background combines neuroscience, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering, and his work focuses on pain perception in health and disease as a means of studying consciousness.

He has pioneered the use of brain imaging technology to peer into the brains of individuals who suffer from chronic pain conditions, such as low back pain and osteoarthritis. His scientific contributions have included:

  • Extensive electrophysiological characterizations of the role of the thalamus in pain processing
  • The first reports of altered brain grey matter, white matter, and resting state network connectivity in chronic pain populations
  • The first characterization of brain activity related to spontaneous fluctuations of chronic pain
  • The first prospective prediction of pain chronicity using brain properties
  • The first description of brain activity that predicts the future propensity for a pain patient to be a placebo responder.

Dr. Apkarian's current focus is the use of brain imaging in animals and humans to determine critical mechanisms that drive the propensity for developing chronic pain, its long-term maintenance, and therapeutic interventions aimed at treating and ultimately preventing development of chronic pain.

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