Neuroimaging of Central Pain
Emerging data indicates that chronic pain is not simply a disorder associated with altered nociception in the periphery. Functional, structural, and chemical neuroimaging in humans indicates that some pathology present in chronic pain disorders may reside within the brain. Alterations in the levels of key brain neurotransmitters as well as brain connectivity patterns contribute to centralized pain disorders such as fibromyalgia. Importantly, changes in these outcomes track with improvements in pain following both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. These data point toward a more skillful approach to chronic pain treatment using personalized medicine that targets specific, individual-patient pathology.
Faculty: Richard E. Harris, PhD
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Demonstrate that centralized pain patients have alterations in brain function, structure, and connectivity.
- Discuss how pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions target brain outcomes in fibromyalgia, a centralized pain disorder.
- Illustrate how personalized medical approaches may improve future treatment of centralized pain patients.
Richard E. Harris, PhD, is an assistant professor in the department of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. His background is in basic science and clinical research in alternative medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree in genetics from Purdue University in 1992 and his doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has received a master’s degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan. Dr. Harris is currently investigating the neurobiological mechanisms of various treatments for chronic pain and fatigue conditions. His recent investigations have focused on the role of brain neurotransmitters and their receptors in chronic pain. He is a member of the American Pain Society and a co-president for the Society for Acupuncture Research.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Harris reports that he receives consulting and grant support from Pfizer, Inc.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The American Academy of Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15881 for 1 contact hour.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1 CE credit.
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Document of Attendance
- 1.00 Nursing Credit
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™