Prof Ricardo Governo PhD
Senior Lecturer Anatomy Education, Kings College London
Department of Anatomy
1st Floor Henriette Raphael Building
King’s College London,
How mood affects patients' ability to cope, or not, with pain.
"My central research interest is to use fMRI to investigate how conscious experiences colour the manner in which chronic pain patients are able to perceive or tolerate pain. I am keen to observe which brain regions encode the effects from antidepressants or other non-analgesic drugs and to expand on any research looking at non-opioid related treatments for chronic pain. Previous work has demonstrated the impact of gabapentin in reducing nerve injury-related pain."
Techniques: magnetic Resonance Imaging – functional MRI (fMRI) in models of acute and neuropathic pain • effects of opiates on respiratory variability using fMRI • combined fMRI and EEG • correlation analysis of fMRI with other physiological measures such as oxygen saturation or morphine plasma concentration
Conditions: depression, catastrophysing or anxiety related to chronic pain conditions, including that from vulvodynia or fibromyalgia • conditions resulting in brain hypoxia