Our lab is interested in discovering the brain mechanisms of pain. Pain is a complex experience, and we are slowly beginning to understand the relationship between brain activity and the various pain dimensions.


We perform brain imaging research with humans and with rodent models of chronic pain. Our overall goal is to identify brain regions and circuits that change with chronic pain.


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Apr 09, 2018

This recent event discusses complex pain-stress relationship observed in a number of disorders 

coauthored by Shana Burrowes, Samuel Krimmel, Janell Payano Sosa, and Jing Zhang

Nov 24, 2017

Graduate student Andrew Furman is first author of this paper, which demonstrates that alpha oscillations recorded from resting state EEG could predict pain sensitivity to a prolonged pain model 45 minutes later. The study has important implications for cerebral mechanisms of pain and potential clinical applications in areas such as post-surgical chronic pain. This work is a collaboration with Dr. Ali Mazaheri, University of Birmingham, UK. Link to article on publisher's site here. 

Oct 19, 2017

Shana Burrowes, a graduate student and epidemiologist at the University of Maryland, summarizes a talk delivered by Jennifer Haythornthwaite, a pain psychologist at Johns Hopkins University. Haythornthwaite’s talk focused on the role of catastrophizing in chronic pain.

Aug 08, 2017

An interview with Daniel Clauw by UMB graduate student Shana Burrowes from the annual North American Pain School (NAPS) meeting

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July 2018 lab picture at a retreat.

Top: left to right - Mike, Andrew, Sam, Dave, Jing

Bottom: Joyce, Janell, Shana, Mariya, Janelle

Apr 27, 2015

Longitudinal neuroimaging studies of chronic low back pain, burning mouth syndrome, and migraine.

David Seminowicz, PhD is an invited speaker at Sinai Hospital Grand Rounds, Baltimore, MD.

May 26, 2015

NIH Pain Consortium Symposium. Cognitive Aspects of Acute and Chronic Pain: 10 Advances in 10 Years

David Seminowicz, PhD is an invited speaker in Bethesda, MD.

June 30, 2015

Visible Soultions: How Nueroimaging Can HLep Law Re-Envision Pain.

David Seminowicz, PhD is an invited speaker at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior of Massachusetts General Hospital and The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics of Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Chair and Panel Discussant for the Section on Pain and Emotion

July 26, 2015

APTA Section On Research Retreat. Piecing Together The Pain Puzzle: The Biopsychosocial Model.

David Seminowicz, PhD is an invited speaker in Smithfield, RI. Brain mechanisms of chronic pain: longitudinal MRI studies in humans and rodents

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