To date, we and other research groups have identified the main areas of the brain concerned with pain. The challenge now is to understand the role of these brain areas in the various aspects of pain processing, such as anticipation of pain, attention to pain, and emotional responses to pain. A further challenge is to understand how these aspects of pain processing differ between healthy volunteers and chronic pain patients. Our aim is to address these challenges using state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques.

In order to understand pain processing in patients suffering from chronic pain, it is first necessary to understand how pain is processed in healthy individuals. For this reason, a number of our studies focus on pain processing in healthy volunteers, while others focus on pain processing in patients with different chronic pain conditions. Furthermore, in order to carry out such studies, a suitable pain stimulus is required. Therefore, we are also working on the development of laser systems for use in pain stimulation. Thus, our research may be divided into 3 main areas: healthy volunteer studies, patient studies, and development of pain stimulators. Information on these research areas can be found by following the links below.

Healthy volunteer studies Source localisation of EEG signals Patient studies Realistic head model with electrode positions shown Development of pain stimulators

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