Title of Research Output

Human Claustrum Activation During Pain

Faculty

Health Sciences

Supervisor Name

Dr. Siobhan Schabrun & Dr. David Seminowicz

Keywords

Pain, Claustrum, fMRI, Brain, Human, Chronic Pain

Description

Chronic pain is one of the principal causes of disability in the world. Many if not all of us deal with or know of someone who deals with chronic pain. Interestingly, it appears that a mysterious part of the brain known as the claustrum has a hand in chronic pain. Although little is known about the actual function of the claustrum, it is hypothesized to synchronize cortical networks during tasks which have a cognitive load.

Recent literature has indicated that during chronic pain conditions, neural network recruitment is modified. In addition, an analysis of an existing fMRI data set determined that chronic pain patients have altered claustrum activation as opposed to healthy controls.

The purpose of this research was to determine the effect(s) of pain on claustrum activation in healthy controls using fMRI.

Acknowledgements

I'd like to thank Dr. Seminowicz and Brent without whom I would not have been given this amazing opportunity and learning experience. I'd also like to thank Western Research for providing students such as myself with the ability to gain invaluable experience in research.

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Human Claustrum Activation During Pain

Chronic pain is one of the principal causes of disability in the world. Many if not all of us deal with or know of someone who deals with chronic pain. Interestingly, it appears that a mysterious part of the brain known as the claustrum has a hand in chronic pain. Although little is known about the actual function of the claustrum, it is hypothesized to synchronize cortical networks during tasks which have a cognitive load.

Recent literature has indicated that during chronic pain conditions, neural network recruitment is modified. In addition, an analysis of an existing fMRI data set determined that chronic pain patients have altered claustrum activation as opposed to healthy controls.

The purpose of this research was to determine the effect(s) of pain on claustrum activation in healthy controls using fMRI.

 

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