Angela Odero

Angela-OderoAngela Odero is a Masters student in Psychology (Evaluation and Assessment) at the University of Luxembourg. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with and a double minor in Psychology and Integrated studies, from the United States International University (USIU – Kenya). Her working experience concerns qualitative analysis, evaluating professional performance and the ways to improve it. She is a full member of the PASCOM team, conducting experiments while focusing on data analysis and the elaboration of a new questionnaire.

Dr. Ana María González Roldán

Dr.-Ana-Maria-Gonzalez-RoldanDr. Ana María González Roldán is a psychologist and neuroscientist working in the field of chronic pain. In 2008, she obtained a Master of Neuroscience, in the University of Balearic Islands and joined the Department of Neurodynamicsand Clinical Psychology, at the Research Institute on Health Sciences (IUNICS), University of Balearic Islands, Spain. In 2013, she obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from the same University under the supervision of Professor Dr. Pedro Montoya. Her thesis and her main interests involve behavioural, electrophysiological and neuroimaging experiments investigating the neural mechanisms underlying the affective, cognitive and social modulation of pain perception and chronic pain.

Changling ZHOU

Changling-ZHOUChangling ZHOU, is a Master student in Psychology (Evaluation and Assessment) at the University of Luxembourg. She has a bachelor in Information science (data base analysis, system and meta data) and a Master degree in International commerce from the University of Sun-Yat-Sen, Canton, China. Following her studies she worked 8 years in the FMCG industry, in purchasing and quality assurance at the international company Procter & Gamble in China. Since in Luxembourg, she has been able to peruse her interest in studying psychology and contribute from her multiple skills to provide data analysis for the PASCOM project.

Dr. Immo Curio

Dr. Immo CurioAfter vocational training in telecommunications, Dr.rer.nat. Immo Curio studied physics at the Humboldt-University in Berlin with focus on biophysics. He received a PhD in Psychophysiology with thesis about a psycholinguistic topic: Semantic conditioning of vasomotor responses. From 1971-1983 he worked in the Department of Psychophysiology at the Central Institute for Cardiovascular Research (now the Max-Delbrück-Center) and later at the Institute for Psychotherapy and Neurosis Research in Berlin. His research was focused on Cardiovascular Psychophysiology and Clinical Psychology, especially psychophysiological diagnostics and biofeedback. After three years at Federal Health Office in Berlin, where he worked on annoyance and health risk caused by military low-altitude flight noise, he became Head of the Psychophysiological Lab at the University of Bonn’s Psychological Institute. His research focus was on physiological correlates of pain and somatoform disorders. Methodologically, his focus was on physiological data processing and single case analyses. After retiring in 2000, he specialized in Biomedical Instrumentation and Monitoring and he had built Psychophysiological Laboratories at the Universities of Basel, Trier, Zürich, Ulm, Salzburg, and the Charité hospital in Berlin. In addition, he developed and built prototypes of special research instruments, and he is an advisor for problems of interfacing laboratory devices.

At the Edge of Being: The Aporia of Pain

Edited by Heather McKenzie, John Quintner and Gillian Bendelow

ISBN: 978-1-84888-115-0

{Website: interdisciplinarypress.net }

This book represents a challenge to the influential medico-political discourse that seeks to classify and manage chronic pain as if it were a disease in its own right, while at the same time preserving its status as a symptom. The chapters in this volume confront this view with timely reminders that pain as lived experience remains an elusive and puzzling phenomenon (an APORIA) that cannot be better understood by putting aside its phenomenology and simplifying what is left to fit a metaphorical pigeon-hole as a distinct biomedical disease entity.

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This book represents a challenge to the influential medico-political discourse that seeks to classify and manage chronic pain as if it were a disease in its own right, while at the same time preserving its status as a symptom. The chapters in this volume confront this view with timely reminders that pain as lived experience remains an elusive and puzzling phenomenon (an APORIA) that cannot be better understood by putting aside its phenomenology and simplifying what is left to fit a metaphorical pigeon-hole as a distinct biomedical disease entity. The authors amply demonstrate that there are other useful frames of reference with equal or even better claims to both legitimacy and usefulness. Readers will be encouraged to contemplate the aporia in different contexts and expressed through a variety of experiences.

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Sharon Webber-Zvik was honored with the distinguished Golden A Design Award

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11047826.htm

I am incredibly proud and happy to announce that Sharon Webber-Zvik, the program’s art director, has won the international honorable Golden A’ Design Award for her branding and design work of “The Pain and Suffering Interdisciplinary Program”. Her designs competed with the works of 4000 candidates worldwide, receiving unanimous appraisals (and not a single criticism!) from the jury members. Sharon will receive the prize in an official ceremony on the 14th of April in Como, Italy. Her printed work from the site will be presented in the general exhibition at the museum (“Ex Chiesa di San Francesco”, located at Viale Largo Spallino, 1, 22100, Como / Italy) and kept there. In addition, her designs will appear in books, magazines and in the media worldwide.

Here is an introduction to the A Design Award Competition:

http://www.whatisadesignaward.com/

Here are the jury members for this years’ 2013 competition:

http://www.adesignaward.com/jury.html

Here is the interview of Sharon:

https://www.adesignaward.com/design-interview.php?ID=27196

And last but not least, here is the official press release announcing her award:

http://www.adesignaward.com/press-release.php?ID=27196

Sharon yekara sheli, after 5 years of working together for our program, nothing makes me happier than to see you receive such a prestigious award in recognition of your talent and absolutely, but absolutely, unbelievable creativity. With my deepest affection and love

Dr. Smadar Bustan

Physicians’ Brain Scans Indicate Doctors Can Feel Their Patients’ Pain — And Their Relief

” A patient’s relationship with his or her doctor has long been considered an important component of healing. Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients’ pain — and can also experience their relief following treatment…”

Click here to read the full article: sciencedaily.com

Article by Dr. Catherine Kerr.

A study on altruism and empathy in children in China

Disasters prompt older children be more giving, younger children be more selfish / By William Harms:

“A natural disaster can bring out the best in older children, prompting 9-year-olds to be more willing to share, while 6-year-olds become more selfish. Researchers at the University of Toronto, the University of Chicago, and Liaoning Normal University made this finding in a rare natural experiment in China around the time of a horrific earthquake.”

Posted on the University of Chicago web site. Click here to read the full post: University of Chicago

{Reference by Prof. Jean Decety}

Dr. Martin Diers

Martin Diers is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health Medical Faculty Mannheim, University Heidelberg. He holds a PhD in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from the Medical Faculty Mannheim, University Heidelberg obtained in June 2006. In 2011 he won the first price of the young investigator Award for Pain research of the Janssen-Cilag GmbH, was nominated for Best Poster Presentation of the 7th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) and was elected scholar of the European Pain School (IBRO summer school) held in Siena in June. In 2012, he won the Early Career Research Grant offered by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP®) and was elected for the IBRO Alumni Symposium at the FENS Forum. His scientific interests focus on psychobiological mecanisms in chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. To study these phenomena, he combines different techniques including EEG, fMRI and PET.

Book Project: What is pain; Is pain real?

{Co-writing with Dr. Finn Nortvedt}