Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS
  • Associate Professor
    Pain and Translational Symptom Science
  • Associate Professor
    Department of Anesthesiology (School of Medicine)
Location:
Room 729, School of Nursing Building
Phone:
410-706-8244
Email:
colloca@umaryland.edu
Personal Website

Education

  • MD, Neurophysiology, University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro School of Medicine ,
  • PhD, University of Turin Medical School,
  • MS, Master in Bioethics, University of Turin,

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research

  • Title:
    Neural correlates of hypoalgesia driven by observation
    Sponsoring Organization:
    National Institutes of Health
    Role:
    Principal
  • Title:
    Chronic orofacial pain: genetics, cognitive-emotional factors, and endogenous modulatory systems
    Sponsoring Organization:
    NIH/NIDCR
    Role:
    Supporting
  • Title:
    RO1 NS096007-01, ‘Neural Activity and Ratings for the Expectation of Pain’
    Sponsoring Organization:
    NIH
    Role:
    Principal

Research Interests

  • Dr. Luana Colloca is an NIH-funded associate professor at the University of Maryland and an honorary professor at the University of Sydney School of Psychology. Dr. Colloca holds an MD, a master degree in Bioethics and a PhD in Neuroscience and completed a post-doc training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and a senior research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA. Dr. Colloca has conducted pioneering ground-breaking studies that have advanced scientific understanding of the psychoneurobiological bases of endogenous systems for pain modulation in humans. As a result, Dr. Colloca has developed an international reputation as a leading scientist for advancing knowledge of the neurobiological mechanisms of placebo and nocebo effects with an integrative approach including psychopharmacological, neurobiological and behavioral approaches. Her research has been published in top-ranked international journals including Biological Psychiatry, Pain, JAMA, and Lancet Neurology. The impact of her innovative work is clear from her impressive citation rate and more than 130 invited lectures. Her research has been also featured on The National Geographic, The New Scientist, Washington Post, Science daily, Boston Globe, The New Yorker Time, Nature, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, News and World Reports, COSMOS (Australia), The Australian, and USA Today. Dr. Colloca has been honored with prestigious awards such as the 2017 Wall Patrick International Award from the International Association for Study of Pain and the Dubner Award among other.

Publications

  • Publication Year:
    2019
    Title:
    The Placebo Effect in Pain Therapies.
    Journal Name:
    Annual review of pharmacology and toxicology
  • Publication Year:
    2019
    Title:
    Virtual Reality, Music and Pain: developing the premise for an interdisciplinary approach to pain management.
    Journal Name:
    Pain
  • Publication Year:
    2019
    Title:
    The opioid epidemic: could enhancing placebo effects be part of the solution?
    Journal Name:
    British journal of anaesthesia
  • Publication Year:
    2019
    Title:
    OPRM1 rs1799971 - COMT rs4680 - FAAH rs324420 genes interact with placebo procedures to induce hypoalgesia.
    Journal Name:
    Pain
  • Publication Year:
    2018
    Title:
    Placebos Without Deception: Outcomes, Mechanisms, and Ethics.
    Journal Name:
    International review of neurobiology
  • Publication Year:
    2017
    Title:
    Neuropathic pain.
    Journal Name:
    Nature reviews. Disease primers
  • Publication Year:
    2017
    Title:
    Nocebo effects can make you feel pain.
    Journal Name:
    Science (New York, N.Y.)
  • Publication Year:
    2016
    Title:
    Vasopressin Boosts Placebo Analgesic Effects in Women: A Randomized Trial.
    Journal Name:
    Biological psychiatry

Presentations

  • Title:
    Are placebos the solution? Tackling the opioid epidemic in the next few decades
    Conference/Meeting Name:
    TEDx talk University of Maryland
    Sponsoring Organization:
    University of Maryland School of Medicine and School of Nursing
    Location:
    Baltimore United States

Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical and experimental; Orofacial pain; Chronic pain; Placebo effects; Nocebo effects; Pain modulation mechanisms

Honors/Awards

  • Name:
    Patrick Wall International Award
    Sponsoring organization:
    International Association for Study of Pain
    Date:
    September 2016
  • Name:
    Stephen Milan Award
    Sponsoring organization:
    TMJA
    Date:
    September 2016

Academic and Professional Activities

University

  • Organization:
    CTSA TL1 Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Program
    Role:
    Director

Professional

  • Organization:
    Special Interest Groups - IASP
    Role:
    President