Graduate Seminar Series: Clinical Stream
Graduate Seminar Series for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME). This day is for clinical stream presenters.
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Presentation Title: Chronic Neck Pain and Its Effects on Brain Function: MRI Investigation
Abstract: Chronic idiopathic neck pain is a common non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain affecting the general population. Chronic pain is challenging to diagnose as it is a subjective experience and often has no pathophysiological cause. Nociplastic pain is thought to be the most prevalent mechanism for pain chronicity. It involves somatosensorial, anatomical, and functional changes in the nociceptive pathways in the central and peripheral nervous system; importantly, these changes can be reversed. The use of non-invasive MRI techniques as a biomarker such as diffusion tensor imaging and functional connectivity have provided a better understanding of macro and microstructural white matter integrity and how neural systems are functionally related in the brains of individuals with chronic idiopathic neck pain. The objectives of this study are to: (1) determine brain structural changes in white matter in chronic idiopathic neck pain patients; (2) determine functional connectivity changes in the resting state and during the cold pressor gel test in this group.
Supervisor Name: Drs. Dinesh Kumbhare and Milos Popovic
Year of Study: 3
Program of Study: PhD
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89610372821?pwd=azd4SCtYVWtreVovaGNPV1c2NGY2Zz09
Meeting ID: 896 1037 2821
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