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Dr Robert A R Drake

BSc(Lond.), MSc(Lond.), PhD

  • BS8 1TD


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Research interests

Why do some individuals suffer long term pain while others don't?

I am interested in neurophysiological mechanism that impart vulnerability to develop chronic pain conditions. One potentially important factor is the correct functioning of endogenous pain modulatory circuits that link the brain and spinal cord to powerfully affect pain processing. Currently, I am investigating the causal link between injury induced brain network reorganisation and the development of the pain state in pre-clinical animal models of persistent pain. I try to take findings from clinical studies in human patients (e.g. fMRI studies) and investigate 1 - whether the pre-clinical models are able to recreate these features and 2 - how they causally relate to sensory, affective and cognitive disturbances that develop following injury. 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Tactile Action Perception
  • Pain & Nociception
  • Chronic Pain
  • Neurophysiology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • In Vivo System
  • Affective & Behavioural neuroscience

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Research Output

  • 3 Article (Academic Journal)

Periaqueductal Grey EP3 Receptors Facilitate Spinal Nociception in Arthritic Secondary Hypersensitivity

Drake, R. A. R., Leith, J. L., Almahasneh, F., Martindale, J., Wilson, A. W., Lumb, B. M. & Donaldson, L. F., 31 Aug 2016, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 36, 35, p. 9026 –9040 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    275 Downloads (Pure)

    The control of alternative splicing by SRSF1 in myelinated afferents contributes to the development of neuropathic pain

    Hulse, R. P., Drake, R. A. R., Bates, D. O. & Donaldson, L. F., Dec 2016, In : Neurobiology of Disease. 96, p. 186-200 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    373 Downloads (Pure)

    The degree of acute descending control of spinal nociception in an area of primary hyperalgesia is dependent on the peripheral domain of afferent input

    Drake, R. A. R., Hulse, R. P., Lumb, B. M. & Donaldson, L. F., 15 Aug 2014, In : Journal of Physiology. 592, Pt 16, p. 3611-24 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

    Pain therapeutics and mechanisms

    Robert A R Drake (Participant)

    29 May 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

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    Robert A R Drake (Host)

    13 Nov 2012

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor