Dr Christopher Brown PhD

Christopher Brown

University position

Senior Research Associate

Dr Christopher Brown PhD is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Medicine


Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre



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Research Themes

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


Current research interests are:

- the genetic basis of pain perception in the normal population and in individuals with extreme pain phenotypes.

- investigating the forebrain contribution to acute and chronic pain using Electroencephalography (EEG), functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

Research Focus



Chronic pain



Clinical conditions


Chronic fatigue syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Depressive disorders


Genetic disorders

Neuropathic pain



Cross-sectional and cohort studies

Electroencephalography (EEG)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)



Michael Lee

David Menon

Nicholas Shenker

Geoff Woods

United Kingdom

Wael El-Deredy Web: http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/staff/1...

Anthony Jones Web: http://www.hope-academic.org.uk/Academi...

Donna Lloyd Web: http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/profile...

Julian Matthews Web: http://www.population-health.manchester.ac.uk/staff/J...

Candy McCabe Web: http://people.uwe.ac.uk/Pages/p...

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Brown CA, El-Deredy W, Jones AK (2014), “When the brain expects pain: common neural responses to pain anticipation are related to clinical pain and distress in fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.” Eur J Neurosci 39(4):663-72 Details

    Brown CA, Jones AK (2013), “Psychobiological correlates of improved mental health in patients with musculoskeletal pain after a mindfulness-based pain management program.” Clin J Pain 29(3):233-44 Details

    Brown CA, Jones AK (2010), “Meditation experience predicts less negative appraisal of pain: electrophysiological evidence for the involvement of anticipatory neural responses.” Pain 150(3):428-38 Details

    Brown CA, Seymour B, Boyle Y, El-Deredy W, Jones AK (2008), “Modulation of pain ratings by expectation and uncertainty: Behavioral characteristics and anticipatory neural correlates.” Pain 135(3):240-50 Details

    Brown CA, Seymour B, El-Deredy W, Jones AK (2008), “Confidence in beliefs about pain predicts expectancy effects on pain perception and anticipatory processing in right anterior insula.” Pain 139(2):324-32 Details



    Huneke NT, Brown CA, Burford E, Watson A, Trujillo-Barreto NJ, El-Deredy W, Jones AK (2013), “Experimental placebo analgesia changes resting-state alpha oscillations.” PLoS One 8(10):e78278 Details

    Jones AK, Brown CA (2013), “Post-stroke shoulder pain: nociceptive or neuropathic?” Pain 154(2):189 Details


    Jones AK, Huneke NT, Lloyd DM, Brown CA, Watson A (2012), “Role of functional brain imaging in understanding rheumatic pain.” Curr Rheumatol Rep 14(6):557-67 Details

    Watson A, Power A, Brown C, El-Deredy W, Jones A (2012), “Placebo analgesia: cognitive influences on therapeutic outcome.” Arthritis Res Ther 14(2):206 Details


    Brown C, El-Deredy W, Blanchette I (2010), “Attentional modulation of visual-evoked potentials by threat: investigating the effect of evolutionary relevance.” Brain Cogn 74(3):281-7 Details

    Morton DL, Brown CA, Watson A, El-Deredy W, Jones AK (2010), “Cognitive changes as a result of a single exposure to placebo.” Neuropsychologia 48(7):1958-64 Details


    Brown CA, Jones AK (2009), “Physiological mechanisms of acupuncture: beyond placebo?” Pain 147(1-3):11-2 Details


    Brown CA, Jones AK (2008), “A role for midcingulate cortex in the interruptive effects of pain anticipation on attention.” Clin Neurophysiol 119(10):2370-9 Details