Dr. Carl Saab is Associate Professor, department of Neurosurgery and department of Neuroscience, Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital. He is Director of the “Pain & Neural Circuits Center” at Rhode Island Hospital where his team performs pre-clinical and clinical studies to elucidate the mechanisms of sensory perception in the brain.

Dr. Saab trained with pioneers in the science of sensory physiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch where he earned his PhD in Neuroscience, and at Yale University where he completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the department of Neurology.

His scientific interests transcend the textbook drawings of static wiring diagrams in the brain to focus more on understanding the traffic patterns between brain networks underlying sensory experiences. His research team at Rhode Island Hospital uses electrophysiological, optogenetic and computational techniques to identify an objective pain ‘biosignature’ in animals and humans. Current research efforts are geared towards the development of an objective pain assessment device to monitor and better manage chronic pain conditions. He also contributes to other projects with his colleagues at Brown University to build new technologies and platforms that will lead to novel tools to treat chronic pain, as well as new insights into network dynamics giving rise to sensory perception in health and disease.


Master of Arts ad eundem (Honorary), Brown University

Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Texas Medical Branch

M.S. Neuroscience, American University of Beirut

B.S. Environmental Health, American University of Beirut

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT


Department of Neurosurgery
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Pain Research Laboratory

Research Labs

The Pain and Neural Circuits Laboratory

Research Interests

sensory perception, chronic pain, brain networks

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