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Translational Pain Research Unit

University Medicine Essen
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Bingel

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Utilizing the power of expectations

Ulrike Bingel wrote a German introductory article on “utilizing the power of expectations”. Promoting placebo effects and avoiding nocebo effects – this is useful and possible for almost every treatment. Every intervention, every medication taken, neurostimulation or physiotherapy is also subject to an expectation effect. It is important for therapists to know that they can support their patients through authentic and empathic communication. The example of placebo analgesia can be used to illustrate effects, mechanisms and communicative aspects can be shown particularly well. Find the book by Thieme publishers here.

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New comment in the journal PAIN

Informed consent procedures and information about potential side effects of newly prescribed treatments present a classic dilemma. Although providing information about potential risks and side effects is necessary both from a medicolegal perspective and to maintain patient autonomy in a shared decision-making process, it can fuel patients’ worries and negative expectations. Ulrike Bingel and Katja Wiech discuss these topics in their comment, which you can read here.

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New preprint about resting-state brain connectivity signature in pain-related learning

Pain related learning alterations are a hallmark of chronic pain conditions. Balint, together with others, developed and externally validated a resting state connectivity signature of pain-related learning (RCPL). Connections of amygdala, posterior insula, sensorimotor, frontoparietal regions played the most important role. The model is robust and highly accessible for clinical and translational pain research. Read the preprint here. A joint effort of the collaborative research centers SFB/TRR 289 and 1280!

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BrainTalks 2023 in Bochum

Our lab members Lea Busch and Elif Buse Caliskan had fun at the SFB 1280‘s “Brain Talks” event in Bochum last weekend. They determined visitors’ pain thresholds using electrical pain.

Welcome, new lab members!

We warmly welcome a few new people in the lab: Two new medical doctoral students, Johanna Gronen and Carla Gewaltig, will work on their medial doctoral theses with us. Rebecca Lutz and Vivien Janowicz are starting their PhDs with us and Vanessa Dobischat will rejoin the lab as a medical doctor. We hope you all feel at home in the lab and do great research together with us in the coming months and years.

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Open positions in the Bingellab!

There are a few ways if you’re interested to come and work with us:

The countdown of this year‘s Max Planck School of Cognition application cycle has started. The application portal is now open for both, the Cognition Track and the Clinician Scientist Track. More information can be found here!

We also have another open PhD position here!

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The DGPs/DGPA Young Scientist Retreat visits the Bingellab

We’re excited to host a lab visit attached to the @bioDGPs_DGPA Young Scientist Retreat and can’t wait to show you all the various ways we induce and measure pain!

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New SFB/TRR 289 webinar program online!

Today we can share with you our upcoming program for our virtual CRC/TRR 289 “Treatment Expectation” webinar series in the 2nd half of 2023. After wonderful speakers from the first half of the year like Andrea Evers, Keith Petrie, Irving Kirsch or Fabrizio Benedetti, we are now expecting equally wonderful talks and discussion starting in September with Marta Pecina, Karin Meißner, David Hohenschurz-Schmidt and Markus Ploner. Please note that all talks will take place at 4:00 pm CET. You can register by emailing and join the meeting here. Don’t worry: If you missed previous talks you can have a look at our Youtube channel, here you will find webinar talks, videos on our scientific topic and much more https://www.youtube.com/@SFB-TRR_289.

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PhysioBib at the SIPS conference

PhysioBib, together with Helena Hartmann, accompanied the SIPS conference in May 2023 with the camera and interviewed various researchers about their impressions and current work. For the conference, scientists from all over the world came to Duisburg to exchange the latest findings on the placebo effect for four days. You can watch the whole video on PhysioBib’s YouTube channel. Also check out this exciting video on placebo effects in physiotherapy. Pictured above from left to right: Helena Hartmann, Nils Reiter, Loïc Luttmann, and Noak Liem.

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Welcome, three new lab members!

We welcome a new student assistant, Aoibhne Braunewell (right in the picture) who studies medicine in the 7th semester. Furthermore, two medical students, Franziska Frysch and Johanna Gronen (left in the picture) , will join the lab in October 2023 to start working on their medical doctoral theses. We hope you enjoy your stay at the Bingellab!

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The Bingel Laboratory

Prof. Dr. med. Ulrike Bingel

Clinical Neurosciences
University Hospital Essen
Department of Neurology

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