Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
120 2nd AVW
Charlestown MA 02129
Available: 10/08/18, Expires: 10/08/21
We are seeking students to assist on several NIH-funded clinical research projects conducted by our lab in the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital at the Charlestown Navy Yard campus.
1. Modulating placebo and nocebo effects using brain stimulation methods in healthy subjects and chronic pain patients. This project aims to investigate the analgesic effects of expectancy and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This project is currently ongoing, and students will gain knowledge of brain imaging and brain stimulation methods.
2. Brain pathophysiology of chronic low back pain and modulation effects of acupuncture.
This project aims to investigate brain function and structure changes of chronic low back pain patients, as well as the modulation effects of acupuncture and treatment context. Data collection has been completed. The student will be involved in brain functional and structural data analysis and manuscript preparation, which may lead to a co-author or co-first author based on contribution.
3. Brain imaging study of visual guided acupuncture treatment. This project aims to comparatively investigate the analgesic effects of acupuncture and imagery acupuncture with both behavioral and brain imaging tools. Data collection has been completed. The student will be involved in brain functional and structural data analysis and manuscript preparation, which may lead to a co-author or co-first author based on contribution.
We also have several other brain imaging projects on mind-body interventions, such as Tai Chi (a popular mind-body intervention) treatment of fibromyalgia and auricular vagus nerve stimulation treatment of depression and migraine. The student will be involved in brain functional and structural data analysis their association with clinical outcomes, and manuscript preparation, which may lead to a co-author or co-first author based on contribution.
Available: 12/09/19, Expires: 11/30/20
This project uses brain imaging tools to investigate central mechanism of chronic pain (low back pain, migraine et al) as well as the treatment effect of alternative medicine. The student will be responsible for forming a new hypothesis and testing the hypothesis by applying new data analysis on data collected.
The student should be available atleast 20 hours/week. The student should have basic statistics skills, matlab familiarity, and experience in data analysis. The project PI and a postdoc are available in the lab.
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