Using non-invasive functional neuroimaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the research activity of our laboratory aims at a better understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of pain in humans. Progress in understanding the neural representation of pain is not only important for basic neuroscience research. Indeed, it is also critical to develop effective strategies for the diagnosis and management of pathological pain conditions, in particular, chronic neuropathic pain. To explore these questions, our laboratory has developed a number of novel approaches to identify and characterize neural activity specifically related to nociception, such as the recent recording of steady-state evoked potentials. Building on these methodological developments, we have now started exploring two additional fields of research: (1) the physiology and pathophysiology of the human olfactory system and (2) the cortical mechanisms subtending multisensory integration and sensorimotor synchronization.
  • Novel approaches to tag cortical activity specific for nociception,
  • Questioning the functional significance of the “pain matrix”,
  • Characterizing the changes in cortical excitability and functional connectivity induced by sustained experimental pain and chronic pathological pain,
  • Cognitive aspects of nociception and pain,
  • Multisensory integration, body representation and spatial perception,
  • Novel approaches to assess olfactory function and dysfunction in humans,
  • Musical rhythm and frequency tagging to study the neural dynamics of multisensory binding and sensorimotor synchronization,
  • Novel approaches to study the cortical representation of active touch and the perception of textures in humans,
  • Body representation and sensory-motor functions.





Principal investigator

Phd Students 

 Postdoctorate fellows

  • Samar HATEM, MD, Postdoctorate Fellow
  • Giulia LIBERATI, Postdoctorate Fellow
  • Emanuel VAN DEN BROEKE, Postdoctorate Fellow
  • Sabien VAN NEERVEN, Postdoctorate Fellow
  • Adriana SALATINO, Postdoctorate Fellow
  • Cédric LENOIR, Postodoctorate Fellow

Technical and administrative staff

Scientific collaborators




  Collaborations nationales

  • Samar Hatem / Physical Medicine Unit, CHU Brugmann, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Aleksandar Jankovski / Service de Neurochirurgie, CHU Mont-Godinne, Belgium.
  • Geert Crombez / Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Belgium.

Collaborations internationales

  • Olivier Collignon / Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento (Italy).
  • Elisabeth Colon / Havard University, Cambridge, USA.
  • Giandomenico Iannetti / Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London (UK).
  • Daniel Le Bars/ Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale · Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de la Pitié-Salpêtrière U975.
  • Li Hu / Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (Ministry of Education) and School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.
  • Yves Rossetti / Integrative, Multisensory, Perception, Action and Cognition Team, Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon, France.
  • Charles Spence / Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK.