Cerebellar Resection

Study Goals

The goals of this study are to define the perceptual, functional and structural consequences of partial cerebellar resection on pain processing.  The long-term goal of this project is to identify the role of the cerebellum in pain processing, with the end goal of developing novel and more efficacious treatments for pain.

Our Approach

We use temperature sensitivity testing and imaging techniques to investigate how pain perception and brain structures differ between patients who have had cerebellar resections and healthy control volunteers.

Eligibility to Participate

Children and teens that are healthy, between the ages of 6 and 18, and that do not have braces or other metallic implants.

Study Visit Overview

This study involves a single, 2.5-hour visit to the Boston Children’s Hospital in Waltham (9 Hope Avenue).  It includes the following:

  1. Sensory Testing (~20 minutes)
  2. MRI of brain (45 minutes)


Participants will receive a $100 gift card.


This study is funded by a NIH R21 grant awarded to Eric A. Moulton, OD, PhD (Principal Investigator).