Interactions between pain, body perception and movement

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Date and time 19.07.2016 10:0011:00  
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Speaker Catherine Mercier, O.T. Ph.D., Université Laval, Canada
Category Conferences - Seminars
There is increasing evidence that various chronic pain populations present modified cortical sensorimotor representations, and it has been proposed that these changes may contribute to pain chronicity. Alterations in body perception are also often reported in these populations. However the exact relationship between pain, changes in cortical sensorimotor representations and alterations in body perceptions remains unknown. My research group uses various methodological approaches (transcranial magnetic stimulation, virtual reality and robotics) to attempt to clarify these relationships and propose new assessment and treatment methods for the rehabilitation of chronic pain patients.


Bio: Catherine Mercier received a B.Sc. in occupational therapy and a Ph.D. in Biomedical sciences from Université de Montréal. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Institute for Cognitive Sciences in Lyon, France. She is currently professor of rehabilitation at Université Laval, researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) in Quebec City and is a Senior research scholar from Fonds de recherche Québec-Santé (FRQS) .

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