Imaging the human spinal cord - what can it tell us about pain?
Dr Jon Brooks’ uses functional imaging to study the entire central nervous system and measure its response to painful stimuli. His research has primarily been focused on using experimental pain in healthy controls, but is currently studying patients with painful diabetic neuropathy and phantom limb pain. He is also interested in how we learn about signals that indicate the occurrence of pain, and has used galvanometry (GSR/SCR), pupillometry and microneurography inside the scanner to study the sympathetic nervous system’s response in pain conditioning experiments. Outside of pain research he is involved in studies of decision making around food choice (part of the FP7 funded Nudge-IT programme), the neural representation of mis-information, and applications of diffusion imaging to study neurodevelopment and disease.