Rehab Rounds: Dr. Irit Weissman-Fogel

Dr. Irit Weissman-Fogel will be presenting “Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia: Facts and Theories” at Rehab Rounds on Thursday September 24, 2015 from 12:10 to 1:00 pm.  This event will take place in room 140 of the Rehabilitation Sciences Building at 500 University Avenue.

Dr. Weissman-Fogel, BSc(PT), Phd, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Social Welfare & Health Sciences at the University of Haifa.  She investigates a wide range of mechanisms underlying pain and treatment of pain using advanced neurophysiological methods and psychophysical measurements. Specifically, she studies brain functions in relation to pain by combining brain imaging (magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) and electrophysiological techniques (electroencephalography [EEG], evoked potentials and trans‐cranial magnetic stimulation [TMS]). She is currently exploring activity patterns and neuroanatomical changes in the brain of patients with clinical pain conditions to further understand the interaction between pain, cognition and emotions in chronic pain.

Dr. Weissman‐Fogel also focuses her research on brain mechanisms that subserve and regulate pain in the healthy state; this is in order to identify alterations in mechanisms supporting pain modulation in chronic pain disorders, including their therapeutic relevance. The diagnosis and particularly the treatment of pain are currently hampered by an incomplete understanding of individual differences in pain. With this is mind, Dr. Weissman‐Fogel is studying the role that individual differences in brain morphology and neurophysiology have on predicting treatment success.

A recording of this presentation is available.