My lab addresses the computational and systems neuroscience of pain. This research is part theoretical: building realistic models of neuronal information processes to understand processes of pain perception and behaviour, and part experimental: testing these theories using a range of experimental methodologies, especially fMRI. My research aims to develop new technology-based therapies for treating pain in clinical populations.
My interests include:
- Reinforcement learning models of aversive learning.
- Signal processing models of pain and temperature perception.
- Development of body-machine and brain-machine applications for chronic pain.
- Immune-brain interactions after injury.
I am a Wellcome Intermediate Fellow at the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at Cambridge University, Principal Investigator at the Center for Information and Neural Networks (National institite of Information and Communiciations Technology) and ATR (Kyoto), and Professor at the Immunology Frontier Research Center in Japan. I am an honorary consultant neurologist at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, and since October 2015, Sackler Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.