The ePAIN Laboratory (Emotion and Pain Laboratory) at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) strives to better understand the overlap between pain and psychiatric conditions. The co-occurrence of physical pain and mental health issues is frequent, yet much is to be understood about this phenomenon. Our aim is to implement cutting-edge research methods to advance through new territory and begin understanding the relationship between pain and emotion. In turn, we hope to inform further research and new treatments which will better help individuals who suffer from simultaneous pain and mental health problems.
Our lab integrates various disciplines, from physiology to psychology to radiology. We unite such techniques as brain imaging and pain and sensory evaluation technology to create a picture of the mechanisms behind the pain and emotion individuals are experiencing. Our goal is to share this research with the scientific community, to have our findings translated to clinical practice, and inform the individuals we aim to one day help.