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Neuroscientist Dr. Karen Davis on what we know about chronic pain

Air Date: October 15, 2019 | Length: 34:56

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Episode Description:

In this episode, neuroscientist Dr. Karen Davis talks to us about pain. What is it? Can we predict it? What does personality-type have to do with it? While the complexity of pain is still not well understood, the uncertainty doesn’t stop Dr. Davis and her team. “We all have doubts,” she says. “But what drives most of us is a very fundamental curiosity … and the more we interact with patients the more it motivates us to think outside the box.”

She also touches on her advancements in pain research, and why her and her team are really scientific baseball players. Play ball!


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About Dr. Karen Davis

Follow Dr. Davis on Twitter: @kren27

Dr. Karen Davis is a senior scientist and division head of brain, imaging and behaviour-systems, and neuroscience at the Krembil Research Institute at UHN. Her research focuses on the central mechanisms underlying pain and temperature perception, and how the brain responds to certain treatments. She uses a variety of techniques, including structural and functional brain imaging to understand the physical and cognitive parts of the brain and how they process pain.


About the Host

Christian Cote is Special Advisor - Strategy and New Media in UHN’s Public Affairs department. One of his primary roles is writing and producing compelling print and emotive video stories about UHN doctors, researchers, scientists and healthcare workers that target a mainstream audience. Prior to joining UHN in 2010 Cote was an award winning investigative and sports television producer for TV Networks including CBC, CTV, Discovery Channel, and APTN.

Produced By: Katie Sullivan | Host: Christian Cote | Studio Engineer: Tim Chipman