Pain sensitivity and brain chemistry in participants without chronic pain

Researcher(s): Dr. John Kramer

Are you interested in getting your brain scanned?

Researchers in Dr. John Kramer’s lab are recruiting participants (ages 19-45) not diagnosed with chronic pain, spinal cord injury, or other major health conditions for an Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) scan to investigate pain sensitivity. Participation will involve 2 hours of testing at ICORD (recording electroencephalogram (EEG) activity with laser exposure) and 1.5 hours at the UBC campus (for the MRI and MRS scan).

Why should you participate in this study?

The main benefit that this study hopes to provide is improved knowledge about pain assessment to further improve treatments for chronic pain conditions. You will also be given a copy of your brain scan if you are interested.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you

  • are between the ages of 19 and 45
  • can communicate in English

You may not be able to participate in this study if you 

  • have been clinically diagnosed with chronic pain
  • have been diagnosed with a neurologic condition and/or injury to the central nervous system
  • have been diagnosed with a major health condition
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • are not suited to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): ie. cardiac pacemaker, wires from electronic implant, metal in the eye, makeup tattoos that are not designed to fade over time)

Time commitment: 4 hours

Compensation for participation: Participants will not be compensated, but you will receive a copy of your brain scan if you want it.

The study will take place at ICORD (818 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver) and the UBC Point Grey Campus

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator, Cassie Choles, by email or call (705) 279-6165