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Catherine Bushnell, PhD



Scientific Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA


  • IASP Councilor (1996-2002)
  • Editor-in-Chief, IASP Press (2003-2010)
  • Treasurer (2010-2012)
  • Section Editor of Pain (2000-2003)
  • Editorial Board of Pain (2008-2018)
  • John J. Bonica Awardee (2014)




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I have spent my career as a pain researcher in academia and government.  The mission of my research program is to understand the brain’s role in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain, with a special emphasis on mind/body modalities of pain control. My research includes clinical studies of non-pharmacological analgesic treatments in chronic pain patients and rodent studies addressing how environmental factors affect pain processing. Beyond my own research, I have served the pain community as President, Canadian Pain Society (2011-2012), Councilor, Society for Neuroscience (2012-2016), Director, McGill University Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (2003-2009) and multiple IASP positions.

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