Aversive symptomatology, such as pain and nausea, leads to significant morbidity and makes up the bulk of out-patient visits to physicians. Many of these symptoms are perceptual states with no clear etiology and there is a lack of understanding of the brain circuitry supporting such perceptions. A better understanding of this brain circuitry will aid greatly in developing novel therapeutic interventions, which are also lacking. The Napadow laboratory has pioneered the application of non-invasive neuroimaging techniques to better understand the brain circuitry underlying aversive perceptual states, and to better understand existing conventional and non-conventional therapies, such as acupuncture, which patients turn to when mainstream medical approaches have failed.

Research Interests

  • Neuroimaging of the Central Autonomic and Pain Networks
  • Neuro-correlates of acupuncture imaged with fMRI and MEG
  • Cortical plasticity in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treated by acupuncture
  • Brain mechanisms underlying acupuncture anti-pruritic, anti-nausea and analgesic effects