Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Highly recommended website "Body In Mind"

Body In Mind is a website that I return to frequently. I also follow Body In Mind on twitter. I follow this site because it not only posts the latest findings on pain but more importantly (and interesteningly) its contributers are researchers in this field. I've posted often about the lead scientist, Dr Lorimer Moseley. Painful Yarns Explain Pain Lorimer is supported by a very impressive team:
James McAuley, manager BIM of research group NeuRa (interest area back pain)
Luke Parkitny (research area- factors that play a part in CRPS)
Shikta Dey (motor imagery)
Rahul Mohan (augmented reality and walking)
Nardia Barnsley (body image and object perception - hope I got that right) and
Heidi Allen whose job it is to get the message out there using among other things blogs and social media.

As if this team isn't impresssive enough, Body In Mind is supported by a group of collaborators:
David Butler is an internationally renowned clinical educator and pain scientist and Director of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute.
Sensitive Nervous System   Explain Pain  Mobilisation of the Nervous System
Neil O’Connell is a researcher in the Centre for Research in Rehabilitation, Brunel University, West London, UK.(interest area lower back pain)
Dr Alberto Gallace researcher Italy. (His work underpins the very first neurocognitive model of tactile awareness.)
Professor Charles Spence Oxfor University (2008 IG Nobel prize for nutrition, for his groundbreaking work on the ‘sonic crisp’ - examining the senses with implications for design)
Professor Gunnar Wasner, Consultant Neurologist (pathophysiology and therapy of neuropathic pain states)

Recent posts of particular interest to those with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome are

Genetic of dystonia in CRPS

Is CRPS an auto immune disease?

Anxiety and mood in people with fibromyalgia or neuropathic pain - different mechanisms.

By following Body In Mind I'm learning more about chronic pain and pain management. Knowledge is empowering.

1 comment:

Heidi said...

We are feeling all loved up - thanks Jeisea. It's been a great journey for us, we're celebrating our one year anniversary and the site looks and feels very different to when we first started out. The collaboration especially is something that we feel is really adding to the community. Lorimer wrote something recently which captured the feeling:

We want to better facilitate and disseminate credible clinical science research. The motivation lies in our brief as scientists – I reckon that the communication bit of science is the bit that often drags the chain of knowledge development and transfer. We want to communicate our science better. We want to side-step, or perhaps leap-frog, the arduous journey that new discoveries make before they have the opportunity to influence clinical practice.

What does Body in Mind want to communicate, exactly? We settled on three ‘C’s: complexity, credibility and creativity. Complexity: We reckon humans are terrifically complex and that embracing this complexity will make for better clinical practice. Credibility: We want to provide information that is evidence-based where evidence exists, that clearly labels speculation as speculation and that is openly and without prejudice, peer-reviewed. Creativity: We reckon that the chasm that seems to exist between scientists and clinicians is a nuisance. We reckon that if we can bridge this chasm, we will establish a creative space in which scientists and clinicians trust each other and really start to solve some problems. I know, grand hopes. Still, hopes create opportunities, surely.

Thanks again Heidi

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