Research affiliations

Research groups

  • Comorbidity and Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis Study Group (CCOMS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical and Research Centre 

Research summary

A major research aim in Dr. Kornelsen’s lab is to study psychological wellbeing and chronic pain. Using high-resolution anatomical, task-based and resting state functional MRI data, she aims to assess how depression or anxiety and chronic pain contribute to changes in brain structure and function. Her lab uses functional MRI to examine how emotion and psychological well-being is related to neuronal activity in the spinal cord. Currently, the lab is studying the changes in brain structure and function associated with chronic pain and psychiatric comorbidity in multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and generalized anxiety disorder.


Dr. Kornelsen completed her PhD in neurophysiology at the University of Manitoba’s satellite campus at the National Research Council Canada, Institute for Biodiagnostics. Based in the magnetic resonance technology department, her dissertation focused on the development of functional imaging of the spinal cord. 

Dr. Kornelsen completed her postdoctoral training in the anesthesiology, perioperative medicine and pain research department in the School of Medicine at Stanford University, focusing on pain neuroimaging research.

Currently, Dr. Kornelsen holds a primary appointment in the radiology department and an adjunct appointment in the physiology and pathophysiology department at UM as well as an adjunct appointment in the psychology department at the University of Winnipeg. 


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University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada