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Pain and Rehabilitation research group
We conduct a variety of programmes of research on the science of pain and its management including:
- Factors influencing pain sensitivity response (e.g. gender, lifespan, ethnocultural, obesity)
- Factors influencing response to electrophysical agents (TENS, acupuncture, laser therapy, kinesiology taping)
- Factors influencing pain perception, including the use of visual feedback and virtual reality to alleviate pain
- Epidemiology of pain
- Pain education for patients and for practitioners
- Pain and injury in sport
We conduct clinical trials (phase 1-3), laboratory studies on healthy humans using experimental models of pain, and evidence syntheses (e.g. meta-analyses including Cochrane reviews).
We currently have partnerships with academic colleagues (nationally and internationally), industry (e.g. GlaxoSmithKline), national bodies (e.g. Neuromodulation Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland).
We have a strong programme of studies for Research Award Students. We have supervised over 15 PhDs and are currently supervising over 10 PhDs.
Our facilities include a purpose built Pain Research Laboratory which enables us to undertake experiments that utilise a variety of techniques including psychophysiological data acquisition, quantitative sensory testing, induction of experimentally induced pain, laser doppler imaging, tensiomyography, ultrasonography imaging, virtual reality including motion capture.
We have a strong track-record of public engagement activities including Royal Society Summer Exhibition and Asia Techfest.