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University of Cambridge
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    Dr Flavia Mancini

    01223 740005
    Department of Engineering
    Computational and Biological Learning Lab
    Trumpington Street
    CB2 1PZ

    Bye Fellow in Pain Neuroscience


    Bye fellow

    I am fully committed to the mission of Murray Edwards: contributing to a more equal society and supporting women to fulfil their potential. One step at a time, we make a difference.

    Degrees and honours

    PhD (2012)
    MSc (2007)
    BA (2005)

    Awards and prizes

    Funding (Principal Investigator)

    2015-2017 “Defining mechanisms of adaptive plasticity in the coding of nociceptive intensity and location”, European Federation of IASP Chapters & Grunenthal.

    2009-11 University of Milano Bicocca 50% supplement on PhD scholarship for collaborative research at University College London

    2008-11 University of Milano Bicocca 4-year PhD scholarship

    Research Interests

    One in 5 people, in Europe, suffer of chronic pain.

    Such high incidence shows that pain is far from being a resolved problem for society, and therefore for neuroscience.

    There are two main questions we need to address to find an effective solution to the problem of pain:
    1. Which neural circuits do transmit noxious signals and generate the conscious experience of pain?
    2. How are these circuits affected by injury and inflammation?

    My research contributes to address these questions at cognitive and system level, in humans. Much of my past work has contributed to determine the neural and cognitive substrate of pain perception in healthy people. Now my main interest is to study the neural changes caused by inflammation and injury, and to understand why some people are more at risk of developing chronic pain than others.


    Flavia has a BA in Experimental Psychology, a MSc and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Milan. During her doctoral studies, she spent two years in Milan and two years at University College London (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience).

    After her PhD, she was funded by the Wellcome Trust to continue working at University College London for four years. Her work aimed at investigating how the human brain encodes how much and where it hurts.

    She moved to Cambridge in February 2017 and joined the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at the Department of Engineering to carry out translational work on computational neuroimaging of pain and fatigue.


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