Dirk de Ridder

Modulating Pain Circuits In The Brain with Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD



Join world renowned physician and neuroscientist, Dirk De Ridder, for a special lecture, Modulating Pain Circuits In The Brain.

Topics covered will include:

  • Physiology of acute pain
  • Pathophysiology of chronic pain
    • genetics, epigenetics, neuroinflammationbrain networks involved in pain
  • Clinical aspects of pain
    • Difference between pain and suffering
    • Physical and cognitive disability
  • Pathophysiology based neuromodulation approaches for pain (non-invasive and invasive)
    • Single target neuromodulation (TMS, tES (tDCS, tRNS), NFB)
    • Network neuromodulation (multiple targets)
    • Combined pharmacological and neuromodulation treatments for pain

Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD, is professor of Neurosurgery at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago in New Zealand. His main interest is the understanding and treatment of phantom perceptions (sound, pain), especially by use of functional imaging navigated non-invasive (TMS, tDCS, tACS, tRNS, LORETA neurofeedback) and invasive (implants) neuromodulation techniques.

His main interest is to understand commonalities in different diseases such as in thalamocortical dysrhythmias (pain, tinnitus, Parkinson disease, depression, slow wave epilepsy) and Reward deficiency syndromes (addiction, OCD, Personality disorders, …)

A third pillar of his research relates to the neurobiological underpinnings of the ‘self” and ‘other’ in the brain, as it relates to social interactions, philosophy and religion.

He has developed “burst” and “noise” stimulation as novel stimulation designs for implants, and is working on other stimulation designs.

He has published 37 book chapters, co-edited the Textbook of Tinnitus, and has authored or co-authored 270 articles. He is reviewer for 85 scientific journals.