Oxford Academics in China Lecture
The University of Oxford and the Shanghai Oxford and Cambridge Society will host the first Oxford Academics in China lecture in Shanghai with our special guest Professor Nick Rawlins, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Psychology, Oxford University.
You and your guests are most welcome to join us for this event.
Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013
Venue: Patachon Cafe
No. 600 North Shanxi Road (near Xinzha Road), Shanghai
- 6.45 – 7.30pm registration and drinks and canape reception
- 7.30 - 8.20pm presentation, Q & A
- 9 pm close of event
Cost: RMB150 pp for drinks (a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and Cheese & Cold Cuts buffet: a selection of French cheeses, Italian cold cuts, fresh bread
Professor Rawlins will speak to us on:
Everybody hurts, sometimes – Breaking the vicious circle of pain
Headache, lower back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome... The agony may prevent sleep, painkillers may cause side-effects, and all these difficulties cause anxiety which worsens the situation even further. How can we manage and control chronic pain?
It is becoming clear that the problems of chronic pain patients derive not only from the experience of pain itself, but also from the anticipation of further pain at some point in the future. In this illuminating talk by Professor Nick Rawlins, he will tell us the principle behind this mind-body interaction and how the study of separate pain circuits in the brain can give rise to new treatments to cure chronic pain.
For many years, one of the biggest challenges of studying pain from the neurobiological perspective is that it is a complex and multifactorial experience—and one that is hard to define. With the advent of new imaging technologies, Oxford’s neuroscientists, led by Professor Nick Rawlins, are able to pinpoint and even visualise various pain pathways that link together emotion, perception and learning. This may explain why people who are anxious are more likely to experience pain after surgery or develop lingering nerve pain. On the other hand, there are new experimental paradigms designed to show how experience and learning can change neural connections. The ultimate goal for modern pain research is finding new pharmacological or psychological treatments that will help those suffering from chronic pain manage the experience, and we now have a better foundation to do just that.