Luana Colloca, MD, PhD


Luana Colloca, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science & Department of Anesthesiology


Research interests

Learning mechanisms underlying human pain modulation

Expectations and social influences on hypoalgesia

Neurophysiological mechanisms of placebo and nocebo effects

Sex and age influences on pain modulation

Ethical and translational aspects of placebo and nocebo effects

Research approaches

Pain phenotyping

Brain mapping

Computational models

Behavioral and neurophysiological measurements


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6503-4709

Lab or individual page


  1. Simmons K, Ortiz R, Kosswsky J, Krummenacher P, Grillon C, Pine D, Colloca L. Pain and Placebo in Pediatrics: A comprehensive review of laboratory and clinical findings. Pain 2014
  2. Au Yeung SC, Colagiuri B, Lovibond FP, Colloca L. Partial reinforcement, extinction, and placebo analgesia. Pain 2014;155(6):1110-7
  3. Colloca L. Placebo, nocebo and learning. Handb Exp Pharmacol 2014;225:17-35
  4. Colloca L. Flaten M., Meissner K. Editors. Placebo and Pain: From bench to bedside. Elsevier, Oxford, UK – 2013 – ISBN: 978-0-12-397928-5
  5. Colloca L. Finniss D. Nocebo effects, patient-clinician communication, and therapeutic outcomes. JAMA 2012;307(6):567-8