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Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and its Relevance to Pain Management (online course)

The biopsychosocial model of pain has come to dominate our teaching of pain medicine. This has only been possible in the last few years by an integration of the influence of concepts of pain with a clearer understanding and acknowledgment of the anatomical and physiological derivations. Without this firm background, any further advancement in pain medicine is unlikely. Compared with the significant psychological bias on the manifestation of organic pain syndromes, anatomy and physiology are seen as more concrete and well defined aspects. They still remain essential components on which the contemporary perceptions of pain medicine can be structured, despite the realisation that, in this area too, changes in our scientific awareness are frequently being made.

This course will aim for the student to assimilate an advanced knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and its relevance to pain management. Much of this will be in the form of the development of a historical timeline in which changes and advances can be understood as forming part of the present perception of pain.

The course is fully online and runs for five weeks. For a full description, please visit the website.

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Learning outcomes

  1. Develop an understanding about the basic neuroscience of pain
  2. Explore current understanding of the biological processes involved in the perception of pain
  3. Explore current of the psychological processes in the perception and expression of pain
  4. Understandthe interrelationship between psychological, physiological and environmental processes in pain
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Organiser name: 
Dr Christopher McKenzie
Organiser telephone: 
0131 242 6130
Organiser email:


Where & When

15 Jan 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
University of Edinburgh
South Bridge
Edinburgh EH8 9YL
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