Past Event

Evaluating Chronic Pain in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law - Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 29, 2018
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
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Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

The event recording is available via YouTube

The sources of chronic pain are multifaceted. Whether induced through injury, disease, or other causes, those who suffer from the persistence of chronic pain are often frustrated when their conditions cannot be captured through words or validated clinically. The last few years have seen a tremendous effort toward developing a brain-imaging–based model of pain. While brain imaging is widely considered to have the potential for diagnosis, prognostication, and prediction of treatment outcome in patients with chronic pain, in current practice, there are significant limitations in its reliability, detection, and correlation with other forms of evidence. This seminar will bring together experts from different domains to discuss scientific, ethical, philosophical, and legal issues that relate to pain neuroimaging research


  • Murat Aydede, Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
  • Amanda Pustilnik, Professor of Law, University of Maryland
  • Tor Wager, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder


  • Federica Coppola, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University
  • Lan Li, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Additional speakers will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Free and open to the public, but RSVP is required via Eventbrite. This event is part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series.