About Us

Our scientific pursuits are specific to investigating the interactive influences of biological, psychosocial, cognitive, and behavioral factors associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions with an emphasis on stress, aging, health disparities, and resilience. 



Our goals are to contribute to the scientific and medical communities in six specific areas:

1) Improve the characterization of chronic pain to enhance understanding and quantify the biological interface. 

2) Identify risk and resilience factors that exacerbate or buffer individuals from the health-related burdens of chronic pain.

3) Disentangle and elucidate the factors contributing to individual differences and health disparities in chronic pain.

4) Identify biomarkers with clinical utility to assess individual health status and monitor response to pain treatments.

5) Investigate non-invasive strategies to prevent, reduce, or ameliorate chronic pain and enhance functioning.

6) Involve, integrate, and mentor future researchers and healthcare providers, promoting an improved translation of research to patient care.

PROPEL: Promoting Research and Optimizing Pain-Related Evidence-Based Learning

Educational efforts are focused on facilitating multidisciplinary, collaborative relationships; scholarly productivity; and clinical/translational pain research training. The overarching intentions and targeted outcomes of PROPEL are to increase medical students, residents, and faculty involvement in clinical-translational pain research; enhance the ability to evaluate research findings; and promote the translation of evidence into clinical practice.

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