Professor Fan Wang's Lab at MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research is uncovering the neural circuit mechanisms that govern sensory perception, pain, and behavior.
Pain perception involves two main aspects: the type of pain being felt, and the suffering and negative emotions evoked by that pain. The Wang Lab is mapping detailed connectivity of neurons linked to pain perception, recording in-vivo activity using electrophysiology and imaging approaches, as well as manipulating pain-activated neurons to understand both sensory and affective pain perception, and how changes in this system contribute to the suffering associated with chronic pain. The Wang Lab's use of a range of techniques including genetic, viral, electrophysiology, and in-vivo imaging produces large volumes of data. NESE helps take the pain out of storing it.
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