As the Nation’s medical research agency, NIH supports the full spectrum of pain research, from increasing basic understanding of pain mechanisms through translating new discoveries into prevention and treatment strategies. Pain is a major strategic focus for NCCAM in the context of complementary health approaches. About 30 percent of NCCAM’s research portfolio supports research on pain. Our intramural research program, headed by Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., focuses on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. I believe that NCCAM’s investment in pain research will advance the science and practice of pain management.
I’m blogging today to welcome you to attend (in person or via live Web-streaming) The Eighth Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research, which will take place on May 29–30, 2013, on the NIH campus. The scientific presentations this year will focus on “Integrated Self-Management Strategies for Chronic Pain.”
Researchers, health professionals, and the public are welcome to attend the meeting. I especially encourage NCCAM-funded investigators to come, network, and join our conversation about how to strengthen pain research.