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Research spotlights of selected studies are shown below. For a full list of published NCCIH Research to-date, see PubMed.

After an injury, neurons undergo genetic changes that are initiated by DLK and lead to pain and nerve damage. Over time (left to right), certain genes become more active.
Researchers identifiy a key molecule, dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK), that controls pathways leading to chronic neuropathic pain following nerve injury. (July 2018)
brain scan
Animal research suggests pain-induced changes in the brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain; these changes also may play a role in the depression that... (May 2018)
NCCIH-supported researchers at Stanford University have modified yeast cells to synthesize noscapine, a potential anticancer drug. (April 2018)
 foot pain plantar fasciitis
Data analysis from a large, national survey provides insights into factors associated with plantar fasciitis and its pharmaceutical treatment. (March 2018)
Steam being released from a red pot as a hand lifts the cover
Results of new NCCIH research shows how a person perceives and evaluates stimuli involving actual or prospective pain is an important component in the autonomic nervous system’s (ANS) response to such stimuli. (March 2018)
Woman doing tai chi on grass
New research suggests practicing tai chi is a therapeutic option for people with fibromyalgia. (March 2018)
Music senior and child
Collaborative workshop – the Sound Health initiative – convened by the National Institutes of Health and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – focused on the use of music therapy in... (March 2018)
sickle cell
NIH-funded study offers new information on pain in sickle cell disease, the use of opioids for this pain, and psychological and quality-of-life challenges faced by people with this disease. (March 2018)
Researchers look at plant-derived natural products for new antidepressants. (February 2018)
Study build on earlier NCCIH-funded research on the Piezo2 protein and Piezo2 gene (the gene guides the production of different forms of the protein, which may play roles in distinguishing sensations). (December 2017)