- Annual Meeting
|28th Annual Meeting Faculty|
Vilayanur Subramanian Ramachandran, PhD, MBBS is a neuroscientist known primarily for his work in the fields of behavioral neurology and visual psychophysics. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Program in Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. In 2011, Time magazine named Dr. Ramachandran one of the100 most influential people in the world. Thomas Insel said, “Once described as the Marco Polo of neuroscience, V.S. Ramachandran has mapped some of the most mysterious regions of the mind. He has studied visual perception and a range of conditions, from synesthesia (in which viewing black-and-white figures evokes the perception of color) to autism. But Ramachandran, is best known for developing mirror-box therapy for phantom-limb pain. With his simple, creative and innovative ideas, V.S. Ramachandran is changing how our brains think about our minds.” Ramachandran is the author of several books: Phantoms in the Brain (1998), A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness (2004, and The Tell-Tale Brain (2010).
Beth Darnall, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University, and is on the faculty of the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab. A pain psychologist and scientist, she is a past President of the Pain Society of Oregon and Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, cognitive behavioral therapy for pain, and the effectiveness of a single-session pain catastrophizing treatment she developed. Additional projects are focused on preventing post-surgical chronic pain, and opioid reduction in outpatients with chronic pain. She is author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit (2016) and Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain (2014).
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