Pain is a significant national health problem. It is the most common reason individuals seek medical care, with 40 million medical visits annually, costing the American public more than $100 billion each year. Thus, both clinical and basic studies share equal importance in helping benefit patients suffering various conditions of pain.
There are various tools to address the pain problem. Here at UTA, we are studying pain by means of basic research and biopsychosocial research. The major interest of our basic research focuses on the studying the neurophysiological mechanisms of nociception by means of electrophysiological and behavioral neuroscience techniques.
Our current basic research directions include:
- Dorsal root reflexes in peripheral inflammation.
- Cortical modulation of spinal dorsal horn neuronal activity.
- Pain mechanisms of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.
- Detection of neuronal activities by optic spectroscopy.
- Development and application of telemetry system for recording and stimulating in
the nervous system.
- Cortical and subcortical modulation of pain affect.
- Pharmacological modulation of nerve injury and inflammatory pain conditions.
- Pain processing in psychiatric conditions.
Our current biopsychosocial research includes:
- Clinical outcome studies of chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders such as low back pain, upper extremity disorders and TMD.
- The assessment, treatment and prevention of a wide variety of chronic pain disorders.
- The evaluation of biopsychosocial factors involved in the etiology of pain disorders.