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The Painful Brain - The 17th Oxford Brain Day

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From £70.00

Sat 22 Feb 2020
09.15 - 17.00

The Painful Brain - The 17th Oxford Brain Day


The seventeenth in the popular series of Oxford Brain Days is devoted to pain and the brain. Pain provides a valuable warning of potentially harmful activity that might best be halted, and our ability to experience pain can convey real evolutionary benefits. However, the systems that allow us to experience pain can go wrong or may need to be temporarily suspended to allow painful but beneficial activity, such as surgery, to be carried out. From phantom limb syndrome to migraine and beyond, pain of all kinds, and its alleviation, is of significant interest to neuroscientists and clinicians. It continues to be a focus of research for those using modern physical methods, such as fMRI, to investigate the brain and understand its operation. To learn more about the current state of research and clinical practice in this important area of work, join us for the Painful Brain, the 17th Oxford Brain Day.

As usual, the event is aimed at the general public and is open to all. No specialist knowledge is required; just a brain and the desire to know how it works.


Programme details

9.30 am           Introducing the Painful Brain

                         Mr Luke Baxter (University of Oxford)

10.45 am         Coffee

11.15 pm         Head Injury and the Painful Brain

                        Dr Vanessa Raymont (University of Oxford)       

12.30pm           Lunch

2.00 am           Headache, Migraine and the Painful Brain
                         Assoc Prof Zameel Cader (University of Oxford)

3.15 pm           Tea

3.45 pm           Anaesthesia, Pain Management and the Painful Brain
                        Dr Jane Quinlan (Oxford University Hospitals)  

  5.00 pm         Dispersal                  




Description Costs
Tuition only £70.00
Baguette Lunch £5.00
Hot Lunch £15.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Zameel Cader


Director of the Oxford Headache Centre and Director of StemBANCC, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Mr Luke Baxter


University of Oxford

Dr Jane Quinlan


Oxford University Hospitals

Dr Vanessa Raymont


University of Oxford

Prof Bob Lambourne

Course Director

is Professor of Educational Physics at the Open University and director of studies in Physical Sciences at OUDCE.

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