Our Research Clinic for Pain Neuroscience works to bridge neuroimaging and genetic techniques with the practice of clinical psychiatry to examine the neural basis of chronic pain in adults. We are conducting interdisciplinary/translational research to explore how differences in the brain's functional and structural connectivity may relate to the pathophysiology of chronic pain, as well as to the mechanisms of treatment response.
Together with the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU) and the UVM Brain Imaging Core, the MindBody Medicine Research Lab is currently working on research protocols utilizing functional MRI, which serve to capture pictures of the brain while participants are actively engaged in emotion and pain-related tasks. We are specifically investigating whether psychotherapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Therapeutic Interactive Voice Response (TIVR) have the potential to modify the dysfunctional neural circuitry associated with chronic pain.
To learn more about participation in UVM research and your protections as a volunteer, visit Education about UVM Research.