About Us

We study brain processes underlying touch & pain perception in humans using non-invasive brain imaging techniques. In animals we combine imaging, electrophysiology and mathematical models of neuronal networks. The objective is to understand the brain dynamics of touch & pain perception and apply this knowledge to alleviate human suffering, especially by advancing new clinical approaches to cure chronic pain.

A. Vania Apkarian, PhD

Dr. Apkarian has studied pain for two decades, both in animal models and fMRI studies in humans. His current interests include cortical dynamics of pain as well as brain plasticity. His overall goal is the uncovering of brain mechanisms underlying PAIN QUALIA. This work aims to alleviate clinical pain conditions and achieve a more profound theoretical and mechanistic understanding of the brain.

More about Dr. Apkarian

Contact Dr. Apkarian at: a-apkarian@northwestern.edu

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