In this episode of A Moment with Dalton we catch up with Eva Widerström-Noga, D.D.S., Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neuroscience Program and The Miami Project. Dr. Widerström-Noga discusses her chronic pain research at The Miami Project and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Widerström-Noga’s research program is focused on the identification of the underlying mechanisms of neuropathic pain after neurological injury, with the ultimate goal of helping translate basic research discoveries into the development of clinical interventions that can be individually tailored to someone who is injured.
Dr. Widerström-Noga talks with Dr. Dietrich about the challenges of conducting research under Covid-19 quarantine conditions, and what she’s learning remotely from her research participants. Follow the link to watch the entire interview with Dr. Widerström-Noga.
Dr. Widerström-Noga’s research program is focused on the identification of clinical correlates of underlying mechanisms of neuropathic pain after neurological injury in order to facilitate translation of basic research findings and the development of clinical interventions that can be tailored to an individual. My research focus is interdisciplinary and involves extensive multimodal evaluation of pain symptoms and psychosocial impact, and quantitative assessment of neurological function and biomarkers including high resolution MR spectroscopy of the brain (metabolites) and genetic analysis (polymorphisms). Additionally, I gather qualitative information to identify the existing barriers and facilitators to coping and pain management from people with spinal cord injury and persistent pain, the ultimate goal being to present information that can aid in the management of a patient’s pain.