Samantha K. Millard

Samantha K. Millard
Neuroscience Research Australia

PhD candidate - Physiology and Pharmacology

About

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Introduction
I am a PhD candidate investigating the brain's sensitivity to pain at the UNSW school of Medical Sciences. Based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) I work under the supervision of Siobhan Schabrun, David Seminowicz, and Alan Chiang. My current work employs Neurophysiological techniques and other non-invasive methods to modulate the brain's sensitivity to pain as well as predicting future sensitivity to pain.
Additional affiliations
October 2019 - December 2019
Leiden University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Hired to conduct EEG analysis on a chronic itch patient dataset and to mentor a Masters student in MATLAB EEG preprocessing and analysis. Manuscript currently in progress.
February 2019 - August 2019
University of Birmingham
Position
  • Research Intern
Description
  • I worked in Dr. Ali Mazaheri's Cognitive Neurophysiology lab. For the research project I worked with the 'University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust' predicting patients' sensitivity to post-operative pain using cEEGrids to measure EEG.
September 2018 - January 2019
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Position
  • Research Intern
Description
  • I completed a literature review project on the topic of Cancer Pain in Intellectual Disabilities, which led to a first author publication: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.07.013
Education
September 2017 - August 2019
University of Amsterdam
Field of study
  • Cognitive Science
September 2013 - June 2017
University of Bath
Field of study
  • Psychology

Projects

Projects (4)
Project
I am currently conducting oscillatory EEG analysis comparing the resting state activity, as well as itch and pain perception, of patients with chronic itch due to severe burn injury with healthy controls.
Project
Determine whether EEG peak alpha frequency can be used to predict acute and chronic post-operative pain in patients undergoing a lung cancer operation.
Archived project
Investigate rhythm perception and temporal expectations using behavioural and EEG methods. With the research question of whether entrainment of internal oscillations to external input is the neural mechanism behind memory-based and beat-based expectations.