Research

Research orientations:

• Role of the cerebro-spinal mechanisms of pain regulation in humans and their dysfunction in various clinical conditions
• Psychological and neurophysiological mechanisms of pain modulation (hypnosis, placebo, emotions, etc.)
• Cerebral and mental representation of pain in humans (memory, communication, empathy, etc.)

Current research projects

• Effect of normal aging on the cerebro-spinal regulation of pain
• Cerebro-spinal modulation of pain by hypnoanalgesia and atention
• Cerebral mechanisms involved in the production and the perception of facial expressions of pain
• Research methods: psychophysics, psychophysiology, fMRI, ERP

Current funding:

Mind and Life Institute – Mind and Life Varela Grant Award (co-PI), 2015-16: “Mindfulness and the Neurophysiological Substrates of Fear Conditioning.” Operating Grant Awarded to Véronique Taylor (PhD student in experimental neuropsychology; co-supervised by Pierre Rainville and Mathieu Roy)

Centre de recherche de l’institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM), Comité aviseur pour la recherche clinique (CAREC) (co-PI), 2014-16: “Le vêtement adapté commercial en CHSLD: perceptions de résidents, proches-aidants et soignants.” PI: Marie Alderson, co-PI: Jacqueline Rousseau, Ph.D., Anne Bourbonnais, Pierre Rainville, and Denyse Roy

CIHR – Subvention de Fonctionnement (principal investigator), 2013-18: “Beyond pain subjectivity: A neuroimaging investigation of multidimensional pain-responses and their related functions.” Co-PIs: Julien Cohen-Adad, Mathieu Piché, Mathieu Roy et Etienne Vachon-Presseau

CIHR – Subvention de Fonctionnement (co-PI), 2013-16: “The Role of Pain Summation in the Prediction of Poor Rehabilitation Outcomes in Individuals with Whiplash Injuries.” Principal investigator: Michael JL Sullivan; Co-PIs: Christian Larivière et Pierre Rainville

NIH – RO1 (co-PI), 04/2013 – 02/2018. “MRI-based Biomarkers for Multiple Components of Pain.” Principal investigator: Tor D. Wager; Co-PI: Daniel S. Barth, Martin A. Lindquist, Vania A. Apkarian, Sean Mackay, Jesus Pujol, and Pierre Rainville.

NSERC – Subvention à la découverte (principal investigator), 2013-18. “Behavioral Neuroscience of Human Pain Communication.” (NSERC #341472-2013)