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Vol. LXI, No. 10
May 15, 2009

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Stanford’s Mackey To Speak on Neuroimaging of Pain, May 21

Dr. Sean Mackey

Dr. Sean Mackey of Stanford will deliver the next lecture in NIDCR’s seminar series From Basic Research to Therapy—The Latest Frontier.

On Thursday, May 21 at 2 p.m., Dr. Sean Mackey will deliver a talk titled “The Strain in Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain: What Have We Learned from the Neuroimaging of Pain?” in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. His talk is part of NIDCR’s seminar series From Basic Research to Therapy—The Latest Frontier.

Mackey’s work is focused on elucidating the mechanisms of pain perception and control using neuroimaging techniques such as virtual reality and fMRI. One study uses real-time fMRI images to show patients how their brain functions when in pain and trains them to gain more control of their pain experience through relaxation and other cognitive techniques. Another project uses neuroimaging to investigate how chronic pain causes changes within the brain that amplify and maintain pain.

Mackey is associate professor in the departments of anesthesia and neurosciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also a co-director of the Stanford Pain Research and Clinical Center, which brings together clinicians, researchers, engineers and patients to work toward solving the problem of chronic pain.

If you wish to meet with Mackey during his visit, contact Dr. Nadya Lumelsky at (301) 594-7703 or

Sign language interpretation will be provided. For more information, or for reasonable accommodation, contact Mary Daum, (301) 594-7559, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). NIHRecord Icon

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