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Dentistry's H.O.P.E. Lab featured on 'Inside Michigan Football' program

Hassan Jassar (left), a research fellow, and Diana Burnett, research coordinator of the H.O.P.E. Lab team, examine an image on a computer tablet that allows patients to indicate the location and intensity of pain they are experiencing.  The app is used in clinical pain trials to objectively measure and track chronic pain.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 17, 2016 -– The School of Dentistry’s Headache and Orafacial Pain Effort Lab, or H.O.P.E. Lab, is featured this week as part of the popular “Inside Michigan Football” television program.

The program, which reviews highlights of each week’s University of Michigan football game and interviews Coach Jim Harbaugh, also includes a “Leaders and Best” segment about interesting research and academic centers around the U-M campus.  This week, Dr. Alexandre DaSilva, founder and director of the H.O.P.E. Lab, and members of his lab are the subject of the 90-second “Leaders and Best” video.

Host Jim Brandstatter tells viewers the lab is “bringing neuroscience technology to the clinical environment to develop pain research, education and treatment.” DaSilva is shown examining a patient using high-tech imagery that allows researchers to record a patient’s brain function in real time during treatment.

The program is initially broadcast on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WXYZ-TV in Detroit, then is rebroadcast on Fox Sports Detroit Monday at 5 p.m., according to, U-M’s athletic department website.

Watch the H.O.P.E Lab video.

And visit the H.O.P.E. lab website here.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:

Sharon Grayden, Communications Director, at (734) 615-2600,, or Lynn Monson, Writer, at (734) 615-1971.