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The Pain Analgesia/Anaesthesia Imaging Neuroscience group is a multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians. We research how the human central nervous system generates and modulates painful experiences in acute and chronic settings.

Fmrib p a i n group

The problem of pain

The ability to experience pain is old and shared across species. It confers an evolutionary advantage and provides a warning of harm or impending threat. However, when it becomes chronic, as it does in approximately 20% of the adult population with significant suffering and cost implications for society it is no longer advantageous and can ruin lives.See Pain in Europe and Relieving Pain in America

Our research

Our group explores how the human brain and spinal cord process nociceptive signals to produce painful experiences using advanced neuroimaging techniques. We want also to understand how analgesics and states of consciousness during anaesthesia influence painful experiences and impact perception. Read more about our research.

 

Selected publications