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Clinical Studies

Our current clinical studies include:

Psychological components of asthma (open/hidden design)

Unbeknownst to most physicians, many clinical interventions thrive on placebo. Asthma provides a clinical model for studying placebos because it highlights how psychology works in concert with pharmacology to promote positive treatment outcomes. Using an open-hidden paradigm whereby the timing for the administration of a pharmacological agent is ambiguous, we are investigating the role of expectation in airway hyper-responsiveness.

Psychological Aspects of Lactose Intolerance

Although lactose intolerance has been studied for many years, we still have a lot to learn about it. Symptoms vary from person to person, and few therapies help. Lactase pills are available, but they are not always successful. This study attempts to examine the lactose intolerance from a neurocognitive standpoint, in order to shed further light on the condition, and to develop new therapies to help with the symptoms. If you are lactose intolerant and would like to participate in research, please e-mail us at lactose.razlab@gmail.com .

Top-down mechanisms of chronic idiopathic urticaria

Effect of the consent form on pain

Informed consent is ubiquitous in modern medicine; however, the therapeutic effects it generates have been scarcely studied. The main objective of this study is to investigate the influence of the consent form in patient experience with postoperative wisdom teeth extraction side effects.