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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

    2020-2025 Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council

    2019 Royal Society Westminster Pairing Scheme

    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

    Behavioural, systems and computational neuroscience: sensory systems, pain, learning, decision-making
    Methods: human neuroimaging and neurophysiology


    Flavia is the head of the Nox Lab at the Computational and Biological Learning research unit at the Division of Information Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. Her research is primarily funded by a Career Development Award from the MRC. She is affiliated to Cambridge Neuroscience and holds an honorary appointment at the Division of Anaesthesia, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. Flavia has a multidisciplinary background in experimental psychology and neuroscience, and was trained at the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy), University College London and University of Cambridge.

    The ultimate aim of her work is to help those who suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people and is the leading cause of disability in the world. In many cases, it is not clear why pain persists for long periods of time and why some people are more vulnerable to develop chronic pain than others. Her perspective on this problem is to determine how the brain makes us feel pain and controls our behaviour.