Professor and Senior Scietist



University of Toronto and Krembil Brain Institute



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.


Monday, September 19, 2022

8:30am EDT12:00pm EDT

Cortical Signatures in Pain Conditions

Categories: Refresher Course
Room: 701 A

Discrete pain processing pathways are regulated differentially according to the cognitive status of the individual. In this refresher course the…

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

Functional Biomarkers of Nociceptive Signal Processing Back-Translation of Human Studies to Preclinical Models

Tracks: Novel Experimental/Analytic Approaches/Tools
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 718 B

There is a great need for functional biomarkers of nociceptive signal processing and pain translating from animals to humans. Drugs…

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

Alpha Oscillations as a Potential Biomarker of Acute and Chronic Pain

Tracks: Imaging: Pain Imaging And Neuroimaging
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 715 A

The temporal code of neuronal activity underlying acute and chronic pain is not fully understood but is thought to involve…