MPower Distinguished Professor


Pain and Translational Symptom Science


University of Maryland, School of Nursing


United States

Prof. Luana Colloca


Luana Colloca is a MPower Distinguished professor at University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, Director of the TL1 program, Chair of the Pain and Placebo Special Interest Group for the International Association for Study of Pain (IASP) Society and the Treasurer for the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies of Placebo (SIPS). Colloca holds an MD, a PhD in Neuroscience and a master in Bioethics. She completed a post-doc training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and a senior research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Prof. Colloca received several prestigious awards such as the IASP Wall Patrick Award for basic research on pain mechanisms. Colloca leads an NIH-funded research portfolio on endogenous pain modulation including placebo/nocebo effects and other nonpharmacological interventions such as virtual reality. Colloca and her teamhave been published in top-ranked journals including JAMA, NEJM, Biological Psychiatry, Pain, and Lancet Neurology among others.


Monday, September 19, 2022

1:00pm EDT4:30pm EDT

Placebo and Nocebo Effects: Basic Science and Implications for Clinical Trials and Clinical Practice

Tracks: Placebo
Categories: Refresher Course
Room: 701 B

During the last decade, psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying placebo and nocebo effects have been identified and by now it…

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

Nocebo Effects in Pain: From Mechanisms to Therapeutic Treatments in Clinical Practice

Tracks: Placebo
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 716 A

Nocebo effects plays a critical role in pain management, influencing patients’ experience of pain and distress, post-operative pain, treatment satisfaction,…

Friday, September 23, 2022

1:30pm EDT3:00pm EDT

Demystifying Mechanisms of Placebo Effects Across the Lifespan

Tracks: Placebo
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 714 A

The placebo effect is one of the most striking and well-known demonstrations of the mind’s influence on the experience of…