Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies. Chair: A. Vania Apkarian (USA)
Accumulating evidence points to brain reorganization with chronic pain. Both human brain imaging studies as well as animal model studies specifically interrogating the role of supraspinal plasticity consistently emphasize the role of brain plasticity in chronic pain. It seems that the grey matter of the neocortex dynamically changes with chronic pain, and this reorganization is pain type specific. In parallel to the anatomical changes, brain functional properties change as well, and the best evidence for condition type functional reorganization is now documented in resting-state brain activity, where one can identify a core set of brain networks commonly disturbed with chronic pain, as well as condition-specific functional properties. Moreover, brain functional network properties provide a signature for existence and for emergence of chronic pain both in humans as well as in rodent models for pain chronification. This Advanced Course will gather world leaders in the field who will analyze and discuss upcoming scientific challenges with a small number of participants.
The Advanced Courses and Workshops at the Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies are very intense. They are structured to provide an informal, stimulating and non-intimidating atmosphere where participants can effectively build scientific relationships and develop collaborative networks with senior investigators. Each Course Coordinator designs the curriculum of each Course and the high Faculty/Participant ratio is ensured by competitive selection in the application process.
Individuals wishing to attend an Advanced Course or a Workshop must fill the online Application Form.
Admissions are on a rolling basis: It is recommended that applications are submitted as early as possible in order to receive prompt consideration and increase the probability of acceptance. Applications are encouraged from all scientists and scholars active in the research, clinical and otherwise scientific area of the Course. If you are unable to submit an application online, fax and email versions are also available (please email us for more details). Participants are selected on merit only.
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