Grand Rounds: Neuronal mechanisms of placebo and nocebo effects

Event Date: December 1st, 2020

Christian Büchel, MD

Grand Rounds: Neuronal mechanisms of placebo and nocebo effects


At this month’s Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, Dr. Christian Büchel covered a broad spectrum of placebo and nocebo effects. He started with placebo and nocebo effects in pain and showed how they are linked to brain spinal cord processes. He then covered results concerning their neuropharmacology.

The second part focused on a new study investigating nocebo effects in respiration. He ended with a comparison of the placebo and nocebo effects in both systems and described commonalities and differences.

Presenter: Dr. Christian Büchel

Dr. Christian Büchel is a full professor of Systems Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Systems Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. He graduated from Heidelberg University as MD. His scientific career continued as a Wellcome Research Fellow at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience at UCL in London. From there he moved to Hamburg and headed a research group funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. He is the holder of major research grants from the European Research Council, German Research Foundation (DFG), and German Ministry for Science. Christian Büchel has published more than 200 peer reviewed research articles and was awarded the Jung Award for Medicine, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis by the German Research Foundation, and the Wiley Young Investigator Award of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping for recognition of his work on effective connectivity in neuroimaging.