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Research Study in Birmingham

At the Birmingham University Imaging Centre, we are conducting research into how the brain processes painful information. We are using a number of procedures to investigate how you experience pain, when and why your pain experience might change and how your brain interprets and causes pain experience. We are currently
looking for research subjects with fibromyalgia.

We use a new technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI for short. fMRI takes pictures of the brain using powerful magnets. These pictures can show how different parts of the human brain work. If you are interested in volunteering for this research study ,we want to hear from you. Participants are compensated for their time and travel.

Call study coordinator:
Jody Osborn, for details on (0121) 414 8836 or e-mail her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A recent study in August 2010 issue of Arthritis and Rheumatology also used fMRI techniques. It found:

Resting brain activity measured by an adaptation of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) appears to be associated with spontaneous clinical pain in patients with fibromyalgia, suggesting a potential objective measure of pain in this setting. Vitaly Napadow, PhD, with the Massachusetts General Hospital in Charlestown.

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