Dr. Karen Davis is a neuroscientist whose lab investigates the brain mechanisms underlying chronic pain, pain-attention interactions, how the brain responds to traumatic injuries, plasticity associated with treatment and recovery, and the individual factors that contribute to disease vulnerability and recovery. Dr. Davis has given over 100 invited lectures and published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, and is Heads of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience at the Toronto Western Research Institute. Dr. Davis sits on the CIHR Advisory Board for the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, the Scientific Advisory Council of Brain Canada, and is a Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Davis was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2009.
University:University of Toronto
Principal Faculty:Faculty of Medicine
Principal Department/Program:Department of Surgery & Institute of Medicine Science
Principal Hospital Appointment(s):Toronto Western Research Institute
Key Publications: (1) Taylor, K. S., Anastakis, D. J., & Davis, K. D. (2009). Cutting your nerve changes your brain. Brain, 132, 3122-3133. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19737843 (2) Taylor, K. S., Seminowicz, D. A., & Davis, K. D. (2009). Two Systems of Resting State Connectivity between the Insula and Cingulate Cortex. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 2731-2745. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19072897 (3) Blankstein, U., Chen, J. Y. W., Diamant, N. E., & Davis, K. D. (2010). Altered brain structure in IBS: potential contributions of pre-existing and disease-driven factors. Gastroenterology, 138, 1783-1789. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20045701 (4) Weissman-Fogel, I., Moayedi, M., Tenenbaum, H. C., Goldberg, M. B., Freeman, B. V., & Davis, K. D. (2011). Abnormal cortical activity in patients with temporomandibular disorder evoked by cognitive and emotional tasks. Pain, 152, 384-396. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21167644 (5) Moayedi, M., Weissman-Fogel, I., Salomons, T., Crawley, A., Goldberg, M., Freeman, B., Tenenbaum, H., & Davis, K. D. (2012). White matter brain and trigeminal nerve abnormalities in temporomandibular disorder. Pain, 153, 1467-1477. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22647428