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Airing Pain 31: Brain Imaging: Looking into your pain

How pain can be seen in the brain, and the research show­ing pain to be a con­di­tion in its own right

This pro­gramme was fund­ed by Pain Concern’s sup­port­ers and friends.

In this pro­gramme we fea­ture two areas of research which are help­ing in the under­stand­ing of pain.

Pro­fes­sor Karen Davis, a neu­ro­sci­en­tist at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Cana­da, explains how brain-imag­ing tech­nol­o­gy has revealed the over­lap between expe­ri­ences of pain and oth­er sen­sa­tions such as fear.

Dr Yves De Kon­inck, Direc­tor of the Que­bec Pain Research Net­work, dis­cuss­es how the lat­est research on chron­ic pain sup­ports the posi­tion that pain is a con­di­tion in its own right caused by abnor­mal­i­ties in the ner­vous system.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Brain imag­ing, pain as a con­di­tion in its own right, chron­ic pri­ma­ry pain, ner­vous sys­tem, med­ical research, MRI, brain sig­nals, neu­ro­chem­istry, pain per­cep­tion and advance­ments in technology.


  • Pro­fes­sor Karen Davis, neu­ro­sci­en­tist, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto
  • Dr Yves De Kon­inck, Direc­tor of the Que­bec Pain Research Network.


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