Dr. Karen D. Davis

Karen Davis is a senior scientist and division head at the Krembil Brain Institute, University Health Network and a professor at the University of Toronto. She obtained her PhD in Physiology at the University of Toronto and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Davis has pioneered electrophysiological and brain imaging approaches to investigate mechanisms underlying pain, delineate brain plasticity associated with chronic pain, and individual factors that contribute to pain sensitivity and chronic pain treatment outcomes. She has 200+ publications, 24,000+ citations and an H-index of 81. Her concept of a “dynamic pain connectome” is being used to identify neuromarkers for personalized approaches to pain management. Dr. Davis is also active in neuroethics. She was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and the Royal Society of Canada, received mentorship awards, and served as President of the Canadian Pain Society.

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