Olafur Palsson

Olafur Palsson
Professor of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Dr. Palsson has a long-standing interest in the use of interactive Internet applications to enhance health research. He has extensive experience in internet software programming. Dr. Palsson has developed innovative methodologies for collecting and processing clinical data in a confidential and secure manner through the Internet, and has played a lead role in several large internet-mediated studies. He also serves as the Director of the Center’s DATA Core, which provides investigators in the Center and collaborators with assistance and support in advanced data collection methods in their research.

Another aspect of Dr. Palsson’s work in mind-body medicine is his invention activities in association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He has collaborated for many years with scientists at the NASA Langley Research Center on inventing and developing innovative technologies to enhance human health and well-being through computer-aided interfacing of human psychology and physiology. He is co-inventor of a patented NASA technology to enhance brain performance by using brainwave biofeedback delivered through videogames that has now entered commercial use by health professionals. A number of Dr. Palsson’s other NASA-related inventions are currently under development or patent-pending.

Dr. Palsson has authored more than fifty scientific papers published in medical and psychology journals, as well as one book, numerous book chapters in edited books, and a large number of published research abstracts. He serves on the editorial board of three scientific journals, and has received several awards for his work, including an award from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for “for significant contributions demonstrating the efficacy of hypnotic interventions in psychophysiological disorders” and a runner-up prize with his NASA colleagues in NASA’s 2005 Invention of the Year Awards.

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