Associate Professor Tory Madden

Pain Researcher, Department of Anaesthesiology, HIV Mental Health Research Unit, UCT

Research Interests

I want to understand how we can come to feel pain without tissue damage - because persistent, unhelpful pain is one of the most burdensome health problems in the world. If we could make sense of the mechanisms that result in this type of pain, we could design treatment to target those mechanisms and relieve or prevent persistent pain. My research brings aspects of neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and immunology into both observational and basic experimental studies in humans, to make sense of the complex interactions between systems that underpin pain.

Research Areas

Clinical Neuroscience • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience • Neurophysiology and Neuroanatomy