CHRONIC PAIN RESEARCHER SHARES LATEST SCIENCE

Dr. Vania Apkarian shares insights on brain’s role in pain research and treatment

CHICAGO--  (Feb. 15, 2012)   Northwestern Medical School professor Dr. A. Vania Apkarian will present a lecture titled “Peering into The Human Brain on Chronic Pain” on Tue. Feb. 21, 2012 as part of the East-West Perspectives lecture series in the Fourth Floor Auditorium at East-West University, 816 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago.  The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

Dr. A. Vania Apkarian is a professor in the Department of Physiology at Northwestern
University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Apkarian was born in Syria and raised in Lebanon, and his educational background combines engineering and neuroscience. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical  Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of Southern California. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy at the SUNY Health Science Center, completed postdoctoral training at Wurzburg University in Germany, and has since taught neuroscience to graduate students and medical residents.

Dr. Apkarian’s current specialty is mechanisms of brain function in animals and humans. He has studied brain anatomy and physiology in relation to the perception of pain, and more recently he has focused on the interactions between chronic pain and the brain. This recent work uses brain imaging technology to peer into the brains of individuals who suffer from chronic pain conditions, such as low back pain and osteoarthritis.

East-West Perspectives is a series of monthly lectures hosted by East-West University.  All events are free, and are held on the third Tuesday of every month from January to March, October and November.  The April and May events are held on the third Wednesday of the month. 

East-West University is a private, non-profit, non-denominational four-year university in Chicago’s South Loop.  East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and provides affordable, quality higher education to students from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

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