Neural Imaging Laboratory

Within: Bosch Institute, Discipline of Anatomy and Histology

Head of laboratory

Overview

The major aim of the laboratory is to define the brain circuitry underlying the responses to pain originating in different structures. With particular interest in, defining which brain regions are responsible for the different perceptual qualities associated with pain of different origin; pain originating in skin is normally sharp and easy to localise, whereas pain of muscle origin is usually dull and diffuse.
More specifically, this laboratory investigates pain processing by exploring brain activation patterns during skin and muscle pain, as well as examining the cardiovascular consequences of these manipulations in terms of sympathetic nerve activation. Furthermore, the superficial and deep pain processing circuits are being studied.