Eva Kosek, MD, PhD, Associate professor. Eva Kosek´s research group will be working on phenotyping of chronic pain patients (i,e., patients with rheumatid arthritis, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis). The phenotyping will be done by using standardized questionnaires to assess symptoms, function and quality of life, quantitative sensory testing (QST) to assess pain sensitivity and function of pain modulatory mechanisms.
In GLORIA functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) will be used to study pain related cerebral activation and postitron emission tomography (PET) to study glia cell activation. Furthermore, a candidate gene study approach will be used to investigate the effects of certain functional polymorphisms on post-surgical pain and opioid consumption.