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