Luana Colloca, MD PhD MS University of Maryland Baltimore

Dr. Colloca is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Nursing and School of Medicine. She is an exceptional young scientist, an inspiring and caring mentor, and an NIH-funded principal investigator who has established an outstanding program of independent research on pain. Her research explores endogenous mechanisms of pain modulation in humans, with a specific interest in placebo analgesia. In these areas, Dr. Colloca has conducted several ground-breaking studies that have advanced scientific understanding of the neurobiological bases of endogenous systems for pain modulation in humans. As a result, she has developed an international reputation as a leading scientist for advancing knowledge of the neurobiological mechanisms of placebo effects with an integrative approach including psychopharmacological, neurobiological, and behavioral approaches.