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MLibrary Emergent Research Series: PainTrek – Alex DaSilva, February 25
February 25, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Monday, February 25, 2013 10:00 – 11:30 am Hatcher Gallery PainTrek Alex DaSilva, Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics, Department of Biologic and Materials Science Alex DaSilva, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, and Director of the Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort (H.O.P.E.) at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, will share his methods and innovations in the area of chronic pain disorders. Efforts in collecting fMRI data during a migraine attack to developing mobile apps and virtual reality tools that facilitate new ways of pain data exploration and discovery will be discussed including the soon to be released PainTrek mobile app. PainTrek is a novel mobile app that was developed to make it easier to track, analyze, and talk about pain. Using an innovative “paint your pain” interface, users can easily enter the intensity and area of pain by simply dragging over a 3D head. Pain information can be entered as often as the user likes, can be viewed over time, and even analyzed to provide deeper understanding of the user’s pain. Dr. DaSilva will respond to a series of prepared questions related to his research process(es), followed by Q & A from the audience. PainTrek was developed in the UM3D lab, and placed 1st in the December 2012 U-M Mobile App Competition. Refreshments will be served.