Cerebellar Resection

The Impact of Cerebellar Resection on Pain Processing

Study Goals: The goals of this study are to define perceptual, functional and structural consequences of partial cerebellar resection on pain processing.  The long-term goal of this project is to identify the role of the cerebellum in pain processing, with the end goal of developing novel and more efficacious treatments for pain.

Our Approach: We use temperature sensitivity testing and imaging techniques to investigate how pain perception and brain structures differ between patients who have had cerebellar resections and healthy control volunteers.

Funding Sources: This study is funded by a NIH R21 grant awarded to Dr. Eric Moulton, PhD, Principal Investigator.

Collaborators: This study is a collaboration between the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Brain Tumor Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Special thanks to Christine Chordas, P.N.P., Peter Manley, M.D., and Nicole Ullrich, M.D.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact: brainimaging@childrens.harvard.edu or call 781-216-1199 and mention the “cerebellar study”.