The universal phenomenon of pain causes tremendous human suffering and compromises individual quality of life and collective social productivity. Thirty percent of the U.S. population experiences chronic pain at some level. Of those affected, 50-60% are dramatically disabled for a few days, several months, or the remainder of their lives. Recent estimated pain-related financial losses exceed $100 billion/year. Control of pain is possible in some, but not all, chronic pain patients. Pain of neuropathic origin is often refractory to any traditional methods of treatment.

The Minnesota Center for Pain Research spans both collegiate and disciplinary boundaries at the University of Minnesota. The membership of the center parallels that of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and, like IASP, includes: scientists, physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, physical therapists, and other health professionals actively engaged in pain research and to those who have special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of pain. IASP is an international, multidisciplinary, non-profit professional association dedicated to furthering research on pain and improving the care of patients with pain. It is considered the highest authority on pain treatment and research in the world. Currently IASP has 6943 individual members from 95 countries. Most, if not all, of the University of Minnesota Pain Faculty are currently members of IASP.

The Minnesota Center for Pain Research provides the U of MN Pain Faculty a vehicle for carrying out some of the objectives of IASP on a local level, including:

* To foster and encourage research of pain mechanisms and pain syndromes and to help improve the management of patients with acute and chronic pain by bringing together basic scientists, physicians, and other health professionals of various disciplines and backgrounds who have interest in pain research and management.

* To promote education and training in the field of pain.

* To inform the general public of results and implications of current research in the area.

The University of Minnesota Center for Pain Research is supported by an IRSCA Award made by the Office of the Vice-President for Research.

For More Information:

George Wilcox, Ph.D.
Program Director

6-145 Jackson Hall
Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

phone: (612) 624-1474

Carolyn Fairbanks, Ph.D.

College of Pharmacy
Room 5-130 WDH
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

phone: (612) 625-2945


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