Human brain imaging studies of chronic pain: Translational opportunities

A. Vania Apkarian*

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The advent of non-invasive human brain imaging technologies provided the opportunity for direct examination of the human brain. This occurred about 15 years ago with the related expectation that we were at the threshold of a revolution in our understanding of chronic pain. This expectation remains largely unfullled, although much has been published in the topic. Here we concentrate mainly on our own work in the topic, arguing in general that the subject of brain mechanisms of chronic pain remains in its infancy mainly because of a heavy emphasis in the eld on studying nociception rather than chronicity of pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTranslational Pain Research
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Mouse to Man
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781439812105
ISBN (Print)9781138116047
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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