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Danish Pain Research Center, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University
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Associate professor
26. June 2015

Brief description of research activities

Main research interest is pain physiology and the pathophysiology and pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain. Current research areas include spinal cord injury pain, chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain, painful diabetic polyneuropathy, postsurgical neuropathic pain, placebo mechanisms, neuropharmacology, and neurophysiological assessment. Treasurer of IASP Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG), President of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (SASP) and Section Editor of Pain.

Keywords: Neuropathic pain, central pain, cold allodynia, diabetic neuropathy, postsurgical pain

Research tools and techniques

Quantitative sensory testing, neurophysiology, randomized controlled trials

Scientific Personnel

No of Associate Professors/Postdocs: 5
No of PhD students: 6
Other: 3

Key references from within the last 5 years

1. Nanna B Finnerup, Nadine Attal, Simon Haroutounian, Ewan McNicol, Ralf Baron, Robert H Dworkin, Ian Gilron, Maija Haanpää, Per Hansson,Troels S Jensen, Peter R Kamerman, Karen Lund, Andrew Moore, Srinivasa N Raja, Andrew S C Rice, Michael Rowbotham, Emily Sena, Philip Siddall,Blair H Smith, Mark Wallace. Pharmacotherapy for neuropathic pain in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Neurol 2015;14:162-73.
2. Jensen TS, Finnerup NB. Allodynia and hyperalgesia in neuropathic pain: clinical manifestations and mechanisms. Lancet Neurol 2014;13:924-35.
3. Schaldemose EL, Horjales-Araujo E, Svensson P, Finnerup NB. Altered thermal grill response and paradoxical heat sensations after topical capsaicin application. Pain 2015. Epub Mar 9.
4. Lund K, Vase L, Petersen GL, Jensen TS, Finnerup NB. RCTs May Underestimate Drug Effects: Balanced Placebo Trial Design. Plos One 2014;9:e84104
5. Klit H, Hansen AP, Marcussen NS, Finnerup NB, Jensen TS. Early evoked dysesthesia or pain is a predictor of central post-stroke pain. Pain 2014:155;2699-706.
6. Demant DT, Lund K, Vollert J, Maier C, Segerdahl MD, Finnerup NB, Jensen TS, Sindrup SH. The effect of oxacarbazepine in peripheral neuropathic pain depends on pain phenotype: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phenotype-statified study. Pain 2014;155:2263-73.
7. Knopp KL, Stenfors C, Baastrup C, Bannon AW, Calvo N, Caspani G, Currie G, Finnerup NB, Huang W, Kennedy JD, Lefevre I, Marchin I, Macleod M, Reed H, Rice ASC, Rutten K, Segerdahl M, Serra J, Wodarski R, Berge O-G, Treede TD. Experimental design and reporting standards for improving the internal validity of pre-clinical studies in the field of pain: Consensus of the IMI-Europain consortium. Scand J Pain 2015;7:58-70.
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