October 17, 2016

Chronic pain researchers to expand work with $7.5M award from NIH

Funding to span 5 years, focus on role the brain plays in acute and chronic pain 

In order to better understand the disparity between identifiable damage and chronic pain, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $7.5 million over five years to physician-scientists at the University of Michigan Health System.
“We want to increase understanding of how peripheral damage or inflammation, and central nervous system factors, interact to cause acute and chronic pain,” says co-principal investigator Daniel Clauw, M.D., U-M professor of anesthesiology, psychiatry and rheumatology and director of U-M’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center.

An estimated 100 million Americans struggle with chronic pain, yet many individuals fail to respond to commonly used therapies such as anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, injections and surgery.

U-M investigators have been accumulating evidence suggesting these treatments may fail in part because they target underlying damage or inflammation in the region of the body that hurts, discounting the involvement of the central nervous system.

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Daniel Clauw, M.D.

Professor, Anesthesiology
Professor, Medicine (Rheumatology)
Professor, Psychiatry