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Vitaly interviewed about Acupuncture effects and mechanisms in the context of Pain

October 22, 2020

Vitaly was interviewed by Dr. Sutherland for an article that recently in the IASP news publication, RELIEF. He discussed the innovations in acupuncture research that enable appropriate comparisons to sham placebo treatments as well as putative mechanisms of how acupuncture might work to reduce pain. The full article is available here: ...

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Vote for the Gutbrain project's submission to the 2020 MGH Image Contest

October 1, 2020

The group in the Napadow lab that works on the GUTBRAIN project (4D imaging of the stomach in gastrointenstinal disorder populations) has made a submission to the 2020 MGH image contest. Our image is inspired by the styles of Any Warhol's collages and depicts the deformation map of a stomach in several different color schemes. Please vote for us!
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Napadow lab mentors two high school students as part of Women in Science internship program

September 1, 2020

In August, the Napadow Lab enthusiastically participated in an internship program organized by Women in Science (WiS) at the Martinos Center. High school students in this program attended organized sessions as a group where they learned about everything from applying to college to financial planning. In addition, they were paired with research labs to attend meetings, meet and interview lab members, and work on small research projects. We hosted two students, welcoming them into general lab meetings as well as specific project meetings where they were able to see real discussions about...

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Senior Research Assistant Departing Napadow Lab to Pursue PhD at BU

August 27, 2020

Kylie Isenburg, after 4 incredible years of contributing to the Napadow Lab, is moving on to continue her education at Boston University. Over the course of her time in the lab, Kylie became an invaluable and trusted member. As a study coordinator, she is unsurpassed, and dealt with the challenges of coordinating study visits for our most complex study: Hyperscanning. In reality, Kylie also coordinated the whole lab. If something is happening in the lab, she knows about it and is already dealing with it. Kylie also worked hard to grow her computational and data analysis skills. Her...

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Vitaly talks about Neuroimaging of Psychosocial States at the NIH Meeting on Measurement of Pain

February 13, 2020

Along with many other experts in the subdivisions of pain research fields, Vitaly is presenting at the NIH workshop "Measurement of Pain" with a talk on  "Functional Neuroimaging of Psychosocial States: Brain Circuitries Supporting Pain and Pain Catastrophizing."

Check out the livestream here!

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Napadow Lab featured in special issue of National Geographic on Pain

December 19, 2019

National Geographic magazine current issue on the neuroscience of pain features our hyperscan fMRI and EEG research. This research is adding mechanistic understanding for how the patient - clinician relationship can influence therapeutic alliance and clinical outcomes, including analgesia. If you are a subscriber to National Geographic please see the link below for the full article!

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Vitaly Appears in Article on Nocebo Effect on Medium.com

November 20, 2019

Medium published an article highlighting the lesser well known partner to the placebo effect: the nocebo effect. Whereas placebos can create improvements when fake treatments are believed to be real, a nocebo creates an adversive outcome from something that is believed to be harmful, but is actually inert. Read the short article for an example of how we study placebo and nocebo effects in the Napadow Lab! 

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Roberta Sclocco presents her research at the Science Slam Department of Radiology MGH Event

November 13, 2019
Roberta Sclocco participated in the MGH Radiology Science Slam on November 11th, paired with Dr. Karen Buch, a new collaborator and neuroradiologist. Each pair of participants traded slides to present each other's research—Roberta tackled Dr. Buch's project on vagal nerve dysfunction, followed by Dr. Buch presenting Roberta's work on gut imaging outcomes for transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation. ... Read more about Roberta Sclocco presents her research at the Science Slam Department of Radiology MGH Event

Vitaly Gives Talk on Improving Neuromodulation Techniques at OSHER Center

October 1, 2019

Earlier in Septemer, Vitaly gave a presentation focused on leveraging natural rhythms to improve neuromodulation. He highlighted Respiratory-Gated Aurical Vagal Afferent Nerve Stimulation (RAVANS) that our group has pioneered as an improvement to non invasive vagus nerve stimulation. Stimulating during exhalation enhaces parasympathetic outflow, augmenting the effect of stimulation. Check out his full talk...

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