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General information

Name (center, department, group or other)
Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), Aalborg University
Contact name
Thomas Graven-Nielsen
Contact email
Contact title
Professor, Center Director
22. June 2018
(Last edited: 25. June 2018)

Brief description of research activities

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP) is a centre-of-excellence at Aalborg University. The overall goal of the center is to identify and modulate key features of human pain neuroplasticity. This is achieved by establishing human pain neuroplasticity models based on provoking and probing the pain system, and by
using pain neuroplasticity models to identify key features of the modulation of neuroplastic pain mechanisms. When needed for improving the human models, a translation between in-vivo animal and human experimentation is implemented.
CNAP applies a multidisciplinary biomedical engineering approach where new, advanced mechanistic pain provocation and probing platforms are studied to reveal fundamental aspects of human pain neuroplasticity. The long-term perspective of the research forms a basis for the next generation of pain management.

Involved Professors:
Professor, Center Director Thomas Graven-Nielsen
Professor Ole K. Andersen
Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen
Professor Brian Cairns
Professor Winnie Jensen


Human pain neuroplasticity, pain models, biomedical engineering, translational pain biomarkers, integrative neuroscience, neural engineering and neurophysiology, pain and motor system plasticity, upstream/downstream pain modulation, hyper- and hypoalgesia.

Research tools and techniques

Neurophysiological techniques (e.g. TMS, EEG), provocation techniques (e.g. laser stimulation), prolonged pain models in humans, neuromodulators (e.g. rTMS, augmented/virtual reality), quantitative sensory assessment (e.g. cuff algometry, body mapping).

Scientific Personnel

No of Associate Professors/Postdocs: 11
No of PhD students: 19
Other: 0

Key references from within the last 5 years

Scherfigsvej 7
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel. +45 39 12 80 00
CVR-nr. 11 81 49 13
Nils Axelsen Ralf Hemmingsen Lauritz Holm-Nielsen Ralf Hemmingsen Jens Oddershede Jens Frederik Rehfeld Anders Bjørklund