Spaulding Rehab Hospital
I am a psychologist trained in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with 15 years of experience in multimodal imaging of pain and negative affect. In my work, I have used PET with multiple tracers to define monoaminergic, peptidergic and inflammatory aspect of clinical pain and clinical anxiety. I have further used fMRI and PET-fMRI combined to study pavlovian conditioning mechanisms for defining emotional circuits in psychiatric disease states. My subsequent scientific career is focused on chronic pain conditions, where we develop state of the art fMRI, PET and simultaneous PET-MR to visualize and quantify nociceptive processes, from peripheral lesions —via CNS changes in structure, function and receptor expression — to behavioral consequences.
I currently lead a DoD funded translational program where we are defining microglial activation in SCI patients and in rats with an experimental spinal cord lesion. I lead an NIH project on defining the effects of aerobic exercise in SCI with regards to brain function, microglial and opioid receptor expression.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM EST