On 20th October, Louis Roller, from Monash University, gave a talk on Zoom about the placebo-nocebo conundrum.
The placebo-nocebo conundrum is about the effect that inactive substances can have on individuals. The term ‘placebo’ comes from the Latin placare, meaning to please, while the term ‘nocebo’, or nocere, means the opposite. This talk discussed the implications of the placebo/nocebo effect in medicines, how they work and their use in clinical trials. It also looked at evidence of the actual existence of the placebo and the mindset required for its effects.