Welcome to Nociception and Motor Control


Description: This PhD course is intended to provide PhD candidates the state of the art within sensory-motor interactions involved in nociception covering both animal and humans studies as well as translational aspects. For this purpose, lecturers will review short-term and long-term reorganisation of motor activity found in nociception. Further, due to pain the implications in terms of rehabilitation and occupational medicine will be emphasized.

The course will cover topics such as:

  • Effects of nociceptive input on sensorimotor reflexes in animals
  • Effects of nociceptive inputs on reflex in humans
  • Effects of nociceptive inputs on motor activity (static and dynamic movement)
  • Functional implications of the pain-motor interactions


Literature: Selected papers and book chapters will be provided shortly before the course.

Prerequisites:The students participating should have at least a basic knowledge of physiology and methods for assessing motor activity.

Evaluation: The course will be evaluated through an assignment specifically targeting the assessment of sensory-motor interactions. In the last lecture, the participants will present the solution of their assignments.


Organizer: Professor Pascal Madeleine, email: pm@hst.aau.dk

Lecturers: Associate Professor Shellie Boudreau, Professor Brian Cairns, Postdoc Michael Rathleff, Associate Professor Rogerio Hirata, Associate Professor Erika G. Spaich,  Professor Thomas Graven-Nielsen, Professor Pascal Madeleine, Aalborg University, and invited speakers

ECTS: 1.5

Time: 27 - 28 November 2017 (8:15 - 14:15)

Place: Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, room D2-106

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 6 November 2017


Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.