FERNANDEZ-SALAZAR Magali

Ancienne Doctorante Associée, Paris 4-Sorbonne
Allocataire Conseil Régional Île de France

After following studies in medicine, psychology and neurobiology, I have a Master in Logic, Philosophy of Science and Knowledge and a Ph.D in Philosophy, both from the Sorbonne University of Paris (Paris IV). My supervisors were Prof. Jean Gayon and Prof. Jean-Michel Besnier.

I speak fluently French, Spanish, English and Italian and I have a professional capacity in German. 

My research is focus on the study and analyze of the interaction of neuro-mental and environmental networks (I understand by ‘Environment’ and ‘Environmental networks’ the surroundings of an organism that may interact with it by exchanging mass, energy and other properties that are studied by the environmental sciences) in the modulation of chronic pain perception. I point out the fact that brain activity differs between acute and chronic pain, so I emphasize the importance of distinguish them. I also address the issue of chronic pain as a neuro-mental mechanism with objective and neurobiological bases as well as a subjective and qualitative mind experience, which leading me to propose a holistic approach to study the link that binds the brain activity with the dynamic properties of the socio-cultural and natural environment resulting in the mental activity which modulate the intensity and the quality of pain. Major changes in cortical plasticity during the painful experience do not depend only on the action and interaction of dynamic brain networks, but also on communication between endogenous and exogenous systems which modulate the perception of chronic pain. The painful perception thus depends on a variety of external and internal influences independent of the nociceptive input. 

In conclusion, I emphasize the need to study with an interdisciplinary approach the synergistic neuro-mental oscillatory networks, and its relationship with the environmental systems that are capable of altering the homeostasis (internal balance) of the organism during the chronic pain experience. It seems essential to me to take chronic pain as a disease in its own, not just as a symptom. I propose to focus the study of chronic pain on the patient rather than on the disease, on the origin of pain and its prevention rather than on the symptoms.

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