Picturing pain in the brain: fMRI-based biomarkers for pain
Dr. Tor Wager (University of Colorado, Boulder, US) has given an interesting talk on fMRI-based biomarkers for pain. Following the talk, an interesting panel discusses the issues raised by Wager's presentation.
A short abstract of his talk by Dr. Wager himself:
''Pain and emotional distress are created by the brain, but brain markers that can predict and differentiate them have not yet been developed. Finding neural “signatures” for the neurophysiological ingredients of pain would help to both characterize pain and understand its basis in the central nervous system, and could provide targets for both psychological and pharmacological interventions. I describe recent work by our laboratory to establish a provisional biomarker for acute pain based on fMRI activity, the neurologic pain signature (NPS).''
The panel includes:
- Vania Apkarian, (University medical School,Chicago US)
- Karen Davis, (Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network, and the University of Toronto, Canada)
- Giandomenico Iannetti, (University College London, UK)
- Robert Coghill,(Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US) (moderator)
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Want more information on this subject? Read this free full text article by Dr. Tor Wager: Wager et al., N Engl J Med 368 (2013) 1388-1397.