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Samantha (Sammy) Millard is a PhD candidate at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), University of New South Wales (UNSW). As chronic pain is often difficult to treat once present, Sammy is passionate about developing ways to prevent chronic pain before it takes hold.
As part of a larger team, Sammy is currently working to validate a novel cortical biomarker for pain using electroencephalography (EEG), which could be used to identify individuals at high risk of transitioning from acute to chronic pain (PREDICT project). For her PhD, Sammy’s projects aim to modulate this cortical biomarker to observe the impact on pain sensitivity, and to understand whether a causal relationship exists between this biomarker and pain (MODULATE project).
You can connect with Sammy and follow her work through the projects below, on Twitter, ResearchGate and Google Scholar.
No indications for altered EEG oscillatory activity in patients with chronic post-burn itch compared to healthy controls
View full journal-article on http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-08742-8
Predicting postoperative pain in lung cancer patients using preoperative peak alpha frequency
View full journal-article on http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bja.2022.03.006
The influence of sensory potentials on transcranial magnetic stimulation – electroencephalography recordings
View full journal-article on http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2022.05.015
The Effect of Acute and Sustained Pain on Corticomotor Excitability: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of group- and individual-level data
View full journal-article on http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2022.04.012
2022, 07 Mar
The reliability of two prospective cortical biomarkers for pain: EEG peak alpha frequency and TMS corticomotor excitability
View full preprint on http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2022.03.06.22271797
2021, 19 Nov
The influence of somatosensory and auditory evoked potentials on concurrent transcranial-magnetic stimulation – electroencephalography recordings
View full preprint on http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2021.11.17.469035
“Just not knowing” can make life sweeter (and saltier): Reward uncertainty alters the sensory experience and consumption of palatable food and drinks.
View full journal-article on http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xge0001029
2020, 20 Mar
A novel cortical biomarker signature for predicting pain sensitivity: protocol for the PREDICT longitudinal analytical validation study
View full preprint on http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.02.18.20024695
2020, 08 Jan
A silent disco: Persistent entrainment of low-frequency neural oscillations underlies beat-based, but not memory-based temporal expectations
View full preprint on http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.01.08.899278
Cancer Pain in People With Intellectual Disabilities: Systematic Review and Survey of Health Care Professionals
View full journal-article on http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.07.013
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