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 Fellow at the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at Cambridge University, UK. Currently I am a PI 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.