Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Center for the Health Professions Building (CHP), Sullivan Center, Room 157
1540 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Special lecture by Stephen Coombes, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience University of Florida
"Pain and Motor processing in the human brain"
Abstract: Stephen Coombes investigates how the brain controls movement and how the brain processes pain. He studies how these systems are altered in different chronic pain conditions. His current research is focused on combining virtual reality with brain imaging to understand how pain changes the way that we move and to better implement pain treatments to target neural activity to relive pain and restore function.
In this talk he will highlight recent studies from his laboratory that use high density EEG and functional MRI during pain and motor tasks. These data demonstrate that chronic pain leads to changes in brain function that are network specific and task specific. The long-term goal of his laboratory is to leverage this knowledge to understand why interventions for chronic pain work, and how they can be improved.