Congratulations to Dr Rahena Akhter

31 May 2011

Congratulations to Dr Rahena Akhter who received the IADR Neuroscience Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Young Investigator Research Award at the General Session of the International Association for Dental Research in San Diego in March 2011. This prestigious award is given to a young investigator for an outstanding clinical or basic research paper related to orofacial neuroscience presented at the General Session.

Dr Akhter presented a paper on the Effect of Jaw Muscle Pain on Jaw Movement in Catastrophizers. She found using induced pain in the masseter muscle that those who catastrophize (believe that something is far worse than it actually is) reported the pain more intense and unpleasant and demonstrated more haphazard chewing movements. This clearly points to the psychological input to the pain experience and to normal function such as chewing.

Rahena continues as a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Professors' Murray and Peck in the Jaw Function and Orofacial Pain Research Unit.

Contact: Denise Fischer

Phone: 02 9351 8334