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Discipline name H-index Citations Publications World Ranking National Ranking
Neuroscience H-index 102 Citations 38,534 195 World Ranking 240 National Ranking 145
Medicine H-index 98 Citations 33,547 192 World Ranking 4046 National Ranking 2294

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Awards & Achievements

2010 - Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

1998 - Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

1997 - Member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)


What is he best known for?

The fields of study he is best known for:

  • Internal medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuron

Neuroscience, Rostral ventromedial medulla, Nucleus accumbens, Ventral tegmental area and Dopamine are his primary areas of study. His Neuroscience study combines topics from a wide range of disciplines, such as Nucleus raphe magnus and Nociception. His Rostral ventromedial medulla study incorporates themes from Morphine, Medulla, GABAergic and Medulla oblongata.

His Nucleus accumbens research is multidisciplinary, incorporating perspectives in Neurotransmitter, Basal ganglia, Prefrontal cortex, Chronic pain and Back pain. His Ventral tegmental area study combines topics in areas such as Substantia nigra, Pars compacta, Limbic system and Agonist. His study in Dopamine is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from both Biological neural network and Behavioral choice.

His most cited work include:

  • Endogenous pain control systems: brainstem spinal pathways and endorphin circuitry. (2331 citations)
  • Endogenous pain control mechanisms: review and hypothesis. (1046 citations)
  • Neurotransmitters in Nociceptive Modulatory Circuits (896 citations)

What are the main themes of his work throughout his whole career to date?

Howard L. Fields mainly focuses on Neuroscience, Anesthesia, Rostral ventromedial medulla, Nociception and Nucleus accumbens. His biological study spans a wide range of topics, including Opioid and Nucleus raphe magnus. His Nucleus raphe magnus research integrates issues from Stimulation, Reticular formation, Dorsal raphe nucleus and Brainstem.

He combines subjects such as -Naloxone, Endocrinology, Medulla oblongata and Neuron with his study of Rostral ventromedial medulla. In Nociception, Howard L. Fields works on issues like Spinal cord, which are connected to Anatomy. His Nucleus accumbens research incorporates themes from Basal ganglia, Prefrontal cortex, Electrophysiology and Conditioned place preference.

He most often published in these fields:

  • Neuroscience (55.09%)
  • Anesthesia (22.26%)
  • Rostral ventromedial medulla (19.25%)

What were the highlights of his more recent work (between 2006-2021)?

  • Neuroscience (55.09%)
  • Nucleus accumbens (15.85%)
  • Ventral tegmental area (10.57%)

In recent papers he was focusing on the following fields of study:

Howard L. Fields mainly investigates Neuroscience, Nucleus accumbens, Ventral tegmental area, Dopamine and Internal medicine. His Neuroscience research includes elements of Agonist, μ-opioid receptor and DAMGO. His research on Nucleus accumbens also deals with topics like

  • Prefrontal cortex and related Electrophysiology,
  • Conditioned place preference that connect with fields like Conditioning and Neuropathic pain,
  • Ventral pallidum which is related to area like Neuron.

His Ventral tegmental area research includes themes of GABAergic, Inhibitory postsynaptic potential, Neurotransmitter and GABAA receptor. His Dopamine research is multidisciplinary, incorporating elements of Impulsivity, Anatomy and Limbic system. His research in Internal medicine focuses on subjects like Endocrinology, which are connected to Opioid peptide, Endogenous opioid, Self-administration, Allodynia and Antagonist.

Between 2006 and 2021, his most popular works were:

  • Corticostriatal functional connectivity predicts transition to chronic back pain (586 citations)
  • Ventral Tegmental Area Neurons in Learned Appetitive Behavior and Positive Reinforcement (485 citations)
  • The rostromedial tegmental nucleus (RMTg), a GABAergic afferent to midbrain dopamine neurons, encodes aversive stimuli and inhibits motor responses. (472 citations)

In his most recent research, the most cited papers focused on:

  • Internal medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuron

His scientific interests lie mostly in Neuroscience, Nucleus accumbens, Dopamine, Ventral tegmental area and Chronic pain. Howard L. Fields has researched Neuroscience in several fields, including μ-opioid receptor, Opioid and Noxious stimulus. The research on Endocrinology and Internal medicine is part of his Nucleus accumbens project.

The study incorporates disciplines such as Periaqueductal gray, Midbrain, Biological neural network, Behavioral choice and Amygdala in addition to Dopamine. The various areas that Howard L. Fields examines in his Threshold of pain study include Hyperalgesia and Rostral ventromedial medulla. Howard L. Fields interconnects Anesthesia and Nerve injury in the investigation of issues within Rostral ventromedial medulla.

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Top Publications

Endogenous pain control systems: brainstem spinal pathways and endorphin circuitry.

Allan I. Basbaum;Howard L. Fields.
Annual Review of Neuroscience (1984)

3242 Citations

Endogenous pain control mechanisms: review and hypothesis.

Allan I. Basbaum;Howard L. Fields.
Annals of Neurology (1978)

1488 Citations

The mechanism of placebo analgesia

J. D. Levine;N. C. Gordon;H. L. Fields.
The Lancet (1978)

1343 Citations

Neurotransmitters in Nociceptive Modulatory Circuits

Howard L. Fields;Mary M. Heinricher;Peggy Mason.
Annual Review of Neuroscience (1991)

1235 Citations

Central nervous system mechanisms of pain modulation

Howard L. Fields;Allan I. Basbaum;Mary M. Heinricher.

1002 Citations

State-dependent opioid control of pain

Howard Fields.
Nature Reviews Neuroscience (2004)

985 Citations

Corticostriatal functional connectivity predicts transition to chronic back pain

Marwan N Baliki;Bogdan Petre;Souraya Torbey;Kristina M Herrmann.
Nature Neuroscience (2012)

769 Citations

Ventral Tegmental Area Neurons in Learned Appetitive Behavior and Positive Reinforcement

Howard L. Fields;Gregory O. Hjelmstad;Elyssa B. Margolis;Saleem M. Nicola.
Annual Review of Neuroscience (2007)

751 Citations

Orexin A in the VTA is critical for the induction of synaptic plasticity and behavioral sensitization to cocaine.

Stephanie L. Borgland;Sharif A. Taha;Federica Sarti;Howard L. Fields.
Neuron (2006)

742 Citations

Both intravenous lidocaine and morphine reduce the pain of postherpetic neuralgia

Michael C. Rowbotham;Lori A. Reisner-Keller;Howard L. Fields.
Neurology (1991)

695 Citations

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