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."
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!
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!
Mike Datko has consistentled impressed fellow labmates with his photography skills, and now the MGH community has voted Mike to be one of the finalists of the Image contest! Before the magnetic field was turned on for the new ultrahigh field scanner at the Martinos Center, Mike was able to get several long exposure shots of the scanner bore up close.
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...
Current research assistants Kylie Isenburg and Harrison Fisher were joined by former lab member Ishtiaq Mawla along with Vitaly in bucolic Burlington, VT for the 2019 SAR conference. Harris presented a poster on a functional connectivity assessment of electro-acupuncture treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Kylie and Ishtiaq captivated audiences with their talks on how acupuncture for reduces pressure pain in clinical low back pain through dorsolateral prefrontal cortex activation, and how acupunture changes the sensorimotor network in Fibromyalgia, respectively. Perhaps the most...
At the International Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Rome, Mike Datko won an award for the real time performance category of the Brain Art competition with his "Funktional MRI" created from real scanner noises mapped onto a drum set. Check out a video of his performance as well as many other captivating Brain Art submissions here
Vitaly has been included in the 2019 awards for Distinguished Investigators through the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research. The 2019 recipients will be honored at the Radiological Society of Northa America conference this coming December.
Jeungchan was awarded a Spark Award at the 2019 Martinos Center Open House for his exemplary committment to the core values of the center. The director, Bruce Rose, read out the nomination text at the awarding that will ring true for anyone who has met or worked with Jeungchan in any capacity.