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Highlighting Recent NCCIH Pain-Research News: Part 2

July 26, 2018
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

Acting Director
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
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The NIH Pain Consortium works to enhance pain research and promote collaboration on it across NIH Institutes and Centers. As a member of the Consortium’s executive committee, I am pleased to tell you that videos of presentations from our 2018 symposium, “From Science to Society: At the Intersection of Chronic Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis,” are available online

The many compelling talks I heard at this year’s symposium included a “fireside chat” between NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams; remarks by the new president of the American Pain Society, Dr. William Maixner; and talks by clinicians and pain patients. 

Among the Surgeon General’s points that I found particularly interesting were his comments on this “moment of opportunity,” e.g., to change how we approach discussing chronic pain with patients and to examine factors such as trauma, environment, and stigma in a person’s pain. He also discussed the need for implementation science to optimize the evidence-based treatments in health care systems.

At the end of the first day, I presented the annual Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence to Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, University of Pennsylvania, for his poster presentation on developing a mouse pain scale using sub-second behavioral mapping and statistical modeling. An important theme across biomedical research is that we should nurture and support our early career investigators. This would show our commitment toward supporting the future of pain research and solve the Nation’s public-health problem of pain. 

In closing, I invite you to attend a one-day pain symposium co-sponsored by the NIH Pain Consortium, NCCIH, and NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in advance of the World Congress on Pain sponsored by the International Association for the Study of Pain. As Dr. Wen Chen described in her recent blog post, the symposium―Chronic Pain: The Science of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches―will include presentations by internationally renowned scientists. I highly recommend registering early and hope you will join us.

View the agenda for Chronic Pain: The Science of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches:

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Wonderful initiatives and activities
I am interested in global partnerships utilizing talented scrinyistd to do studies
Yoga Ayurved and pain
Clinical and research
I think nccih should take advantage of this and bring the healing art to western countries with good data
Is there a programm

Would be great to have this conference live-streamed or at least videoed and viewable on youtube or your website.

A close friend of mine (male) who is in his 60’s is getting a bad case of dementia.  He also has a lot of very bad arthtitic pain also.  Would these two things go together or are they seperate items?  I certaintly would like to know if anything could at least slow up the dementia.  Thank you for a reply.

Dinesh Patel, thank you for your interest in NCCIH. We support studies on complementary health approaches through grants. We are always open to new ideas for research. If you are interested in the grant process, please see our website:

Brian J. Reis, D.C., thanks for the suggestion. While we may not be able to livestream this symposium, we will look for ways to share the presentations after the meeting.

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