NIA Grant Awarded to Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida: Neuroimaging Age-Related Changes in Pain Modulation

Yenisel Cruz-Almeida, Assistant Professor, Department of Aging and Geriatric
UF Institute on Aging

Older adults experience greater clinical pain than younger cohorts and aging is associated with significant changes to our brain. This 5-year study will provide the initial steps for identifying changes to brain areas known to regulate the perception of pain, which may place older adults at an increased risk to develop clinical pain and disability. This area of research has the potential to identify brain circuits that may serve as future targets for pain prevention and treatment.