Altered CNS Processing

Altered Central Nervous System Processing in Chronic Back Pain, Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Pain Disorders

Speaker: Dr. Catherine Bushnell
Length: 44 minutes  

Dr. Catherine Bushnell

Dr. Catherine Bushnell is the Harold Griffith Professor of Anesthesia and Professor in Dentistry and Neurology at McGill University.  She was Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain from 2003-2009. 

Dr. Bushnell won the Frederick Kerr Award for Basic Research in Pain from the American Pain Society in 2003 and the Distinguished Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society in 2002.  In 2009, she was awarded a senior Canadian Research Chair in Clinical Pain.  She received a PhD. in Experimental Psychology from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1977 and postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Her research interests include forebrain mechanisms of pain processing, psychological modulation of pain, and neural alternations in chronic pain patients.  Current research projects utilize brain imaging and psychophysical testing to study the neural basis of pain processing in humans, as well as rodent behavioral testing and rodent brain imaging.  Both normal pain processing and aberrant processing after nervous system damage are addressed.