Martin Ingvar´s research group

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Cognitive neurophysiology

We focus the science of the subjective health experience with a cognitive neuroscience and translational science approach. Health statistics demonstrate that half of the sick leave absence in Sweden may be ascribed to the subjective health axis.

Our vision is to develop comprehensive physiological/biomedical explanations to the subjective health experience and the mission is defined by the unmet medical needs in patients with a low subjective health experience/low self esteem or chronic pain.

Subjective experiences are regulated from the pre-frontal cortex and we study how the descending cortical control exerts influence on e.g. pain experience, emotional/cognitive regulation and inflammatory markers and in treatment intervention studies.

We have expertise in PET, MRI, in behavioral science incl. behavioral genetics. Our research results have had impact on the understanding of pain regulation, emotional regulation and decision-making.

Research Projects

  •     Regulation of empathy for pain of others
  •     Genetic markers for pain experience and transmittor specific pain relief
  •     Sensory mechanisms and fMRI imaging; a study in fibromyalgia patients

Selected Publications

Limbic justice--amygdala involvement in immediate rejection in the Ultimatum Game.
Gospic K, Mohlin E, Fransson P, Petrovic P, Johannesson M, Ingvar M
PLoS Biol. 2011 May;9(5):e1001054

Conditioned pain modulation is associated with common polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter gene.
Lindstedt F, Berrebi J, Greayer E, Lonsdorf T, Schalling M, Ingvar M, et al
PLoS ONE 2011 Mar;6(3):e18252

Getting the grip on nonspecific treatment effects: emesis in patients randomized to acupuncture or sham compared to patients receiving standard care.
Enblom A, Lekander M, Hammar M, Johnsson A, Onelöv E, Ingvar M, et al
PLoS ONE 2011 Mar;6(3):e14766

Perception of thermal pain and the thermal grill illusion is associated with polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter gene.
Lindstedt F, Lonsdorf T, Schalling M, Kosek E, Ingvar M
PLoS ONE 2011 Mar;6(3):e17752

5-HTTLPR and COMTval158met genotype gate amygdala reactivity and habituation.
Lonsdorf T, Golkar A, Lindstöm K, Fransson P, Schalling M, Ohman A, et al
Biol Psychol 2011 Apr;87(1):106-12

Group members

Christoph AbéAssistant professor
Frida BayardPhD student, Graduate Student
Christine BedingerAssociated
Sara BengtssonAssociated
Jonathan BerrebiResearch engineer
Orestis FlorosGraduate Student
Patrik Georgii-HemmingAssociated
Per Hamid GhatanAssociated
Eva Henje BlomAssociated
Martin IngvarResearch team leader, Professor/senior physician
Alexander LebedevAssistant professor
Anais LouzoloAssociated
Fritjof NorrelgenAssociated
Ninni PerssonPostdoc
Predrag PetrovicLecturer/senior physician
Lisbeth SachsAssociated
Rouslan SitnikovAssociated
Lars TigerströmAssociated
Torbjörn VestbergPhD student, Graduate Student
Mimmi WernmanProject administrator
Nathalie WrobelPostdoc
Anne ZachauAssociated
Malin Åberg BjörnsdotterAssociated

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