July 2020 - Dr. Howard Fields seminar recap
Renowned pain expert, Dr. Howard Fields MD, PhD (Professor Emeritus at the UCSF Department of Neurology & Physiology), presented a REACH seminar entitled “Pain: A motivation-decision model” on June 19, 2020 via Zoom. Nearly 30 researchers from across the country virtually attended to hear Dr. Fields. He described predictive cues that can modulate pain and how patient expectations/behaviors can often predict clinical outcomes. The seminar concluded with a discussion of clinical implications, such as how ongoing nociceptive input produces biases toward pain avoidance responses, and that early success with initial treatments influences patient expectations and optimism as it relates to pain.
June 2020 - Dr. Jeffrey Lotz was featured in a recent NIH HEAL Initiative article about modeling efforts surrounding chronic low back pain: https://heal.nih.gov/news/stories/bacpac-low-back-pain.
The REACH Enrichment Program features various events covering a broad variety of topics such as mind/body interactions, pathophysiology of spinal pathologies, practices and evidence for integrative medicine approaches, precision medicine, and big data analytic methods. REACH events will vary in scope and format, from seminars, face-to-face networking and social events, to workshops that enable REACH investigators, faculty, students, and the general public to interact with one other.