The comprehensive, multidisciplinary Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC) is home to internationally-renowned clinicians and investigators who conduct research on the mechanisms and most effective treatments of conditions that have chronic pain and fatigue as core symptoms. CPFRC investigators examine the role that the nervous system, brain, and mind play in chronic pain and fatigue experience and work to improve the identification and diagnosis of chronic pain and fatigue and develop interventions and treatments for the symptomatic components of these illnesses.
The effects of chronic opioid use have touched millions of lives in countless communities. Launched in 2016, the Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) is working to change the trajectory of the opioid epidemic, finding transformative solutions through research, engagement, and evidence-based actions. OPEN collaborates with networks of surgeons and other acute care clinicians across the state of Michigan to characterize and optimize opioid and pain treatments. OPEN investigators examine electronic health record data, patient-reported and related clinical outcomes, and insurance, medical, and pharmacy claims to advance the field of pain treatment.
Michigan Perioperative Research Team
Acute pain is one of the most common issues confronting patients recovering at home after surgery. The Michigan Perioperative Research team (MPR) works to better understand the transition from acute to chronic pain, perioperative health outcomes, and post-operative pain management. The MPR team supports prospective cohort studies such as the Michigan Genomics Initiative and randomized clinical trials, such as the CARES Study. This work will transform care by generating rigorous evidence, accelerating therapy development and guiding pain prevention strategies.
Through our work and collaborations, we have impacted policy change at the national level with the CDC and the VA, and impacted the quality of care throughout the state of Michigan for medications for opioid use disorder. This team also is engaged in critical research to improve the lives of individuals with chronic pain, opioids and other substance use, mental health, and related concerns through direct interventions and collaborations with individuals, care providers, and policymakers.
Back and Pain Center Clinical Research Group
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people with chronic pain. We conduct clinical trials and other research that support personalized pain management with the goal of helping people lead more rewarding lives with less pain.