My name is Dr. Peggy Compton and my research program explores pain and opioid addiction from a neurophysiological and clinical perspective with a specific interest in how the presence of one affects the expression of the other. I have been systematically studying the pain responses of opioid-addicted individuals and opioid-induced hyperalgesia in normal humans, and am also clinically expert in detecting opiate abuse and addiction in chronic pain patients. My work spans multiple interrelated clinical foci, including clinical pain, addiction, opioid analgesia and reward responses, the pain experience of addicts and the phenomenology of addiction in patients with pain. More recently, I have explored pain-opioid interactions on immune cells. Areas of clinical expertise include neuroscience, addiction and pain, and I teach physiology, pathophysiology, and neuropsychiatric nursing courses at the graduate level.
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