Jian Kong, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Psychiatry, Mass General Research Institute
acupuncture; acupuncture analgesia; acupuncture points; acupuncture therapy; brain mapping; electroacupuncture; nerve net; neural pathways; pain; pain measurement; pain perception; periaqueductal gray; placebo effect My primary interest focuses on the brain mechanisms of pain and pain modulation. I am particularly interested in using combined brain imaging tools to investigate how noxious information is processed in the brain, how noxious information can be influenced by treatment (acupuncture) and the mind (placebo and nocebo), how the mind and acupuncture interact during this modulation process, and how acupuncture is different placebo. In addition, I am also interested in the brain network evoked by acupuncture stimulation and the reliability of the activation pattern in both healthy and patients population.
Research lab website Publications
Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
CNY-Building #149
149 13th Street
Charlestown, MA 02129