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.
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 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.
Participate in our research
If you would like to be involved in our research please contact us or look at the current studies below.
We have ongoing and valuable collaborations with many colleagues and institutions.Find out more
We have had the privilege of working with many magnificent people over the years.List of alumni
See a full listing of the group's publications.List of key publications
We are funded by The Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, The Innovative Medicines Initiative (Europain), the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Abide Therapeutics and Grünthenthal GmbH. Former financial support from many other organisations is recognised in the acknowledgment section of our published papers.