Pain and Neuroinflammation Imaging Lab

Silvia Fanton, PhD

I received my PhD degree in June 2023 from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. My PhD position was part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network called TOBeATPAIN, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. My research was centered around investigating the brain mechanisms of pain in relation to immune-related processes and genetics in fibromyalgia and from a network-modeling perspective in rheumatoid arthritis. Given my particular interest in network neuroscience, I also contributed to the development of NetPlotBrain, a Python package for visualizing networks on a brain and viewing brain anatomy.

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Prof Loggia’s Lab, I will be primarily working on a research study that explores neuroinflammation and somatosensory mapping in patients with the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by using Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging before and after patients undergo surgery for their syndrome.

This will not only help me consolidate and expand my theoretical knowledge regarding the multifaceted musculoskeletal chronic pain field, but also advance my methodological skills on the use of niche multimodal neuroimaging techniques.  

I am very passionate about the idea of doing research in Prof Loggia’s Lab and being part of this vibrant team.