Identifying body awareness-related brain network changes during cognitive multisensory rehabilitation for reduced neuropathic pain in people with spinal cord injury

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Many adults with spinal cord injury (SCI) suffer from long-term debilitating neuropathic pain. Available treatments, including opioids, are ineffective at eliminating this pain. Based on preliminary data from Dr Morse and from Dr Van de Winckel, we have demonstrated that brain areas that are important for body awareness and pain perception (parietal operculum, insula) have weaker brain connectivity in adults with spinal cord injury than in able-bodied healthy adults and that Cognitive Multisensory Rehabilitation (CMR) can restore these networks. This study uses a cross-over study for adults with SCI and a comparison of baseline outcomes in adults with SCI vs able-bodied healthy adults to address two aims:
AIM 1: Determine baseline differences in resting-state and task-based fMRI activation and connectivity in adults with SCI compared to able-bodied healthy controls. AIM 2: Identify changes in brain activation and connectivity, as well as behavioral outcomes in pain and body awareness in adults with SCI after CMR versus standard of care
Effective start/end date9/1/208/31/22


  • Academic Investment Research Program


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