Martin Ingvar's research group - our research
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.
- 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