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Project # Project Title Research Focus Area Research Program Administering IC Institution(s) Investigator(s) Location(s) Year Awarded
1R01DA059469-01
Investigating Mechanisms Underpinning Outcomes in People on Opioid Agonist Treatment for OUD: Disentangling Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Influences on Craving and Emotion Regulation New Strategies to Prevent and Treat Opioid Addiction Sleep Dysfunction as a Core Feature of Opioid Use Disorder and Recovery NIDA EMMA PENDLETON BRADLEY HOSPITAL CARSKADON, MARY A (contact); MCGEARY, JOHN E; RICH, JOSIAH D Providence, RI 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Sleep Predictors of Opioid-Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes Program (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-059
Summary:

Sleep and circadian rhythms are understudied risk factors for opioid use disorder (OUD) and its treatment. Opioids affect sleep quality in a way that can inhibit recovery. The two most effective medications for OUD also cause sleep problems. This project will increase understanding about underlying circadian and behavioral mechanisms, such as changes in craving and/or the ability to regulate emotions, that link poor sleep with suboptimal opioid treatment response outcomes.

1RM1DA059395-01
HEALing Measurement Center: Enhancing Opioid Use Disorder Recovery Through Measurement Based Care Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Optimizing the Quality, Reach, and Impact of Addiction Services NIDA UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT PITTSBURGH CLOUTIER, RENEE M (contact); ALDRIDGE, ARNIE PAUL; PRINGLE, JANICE L; SCOTT, KELLI Pittsburgh, PA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Research to Foster an Opioid Use Disorder Treatment System Patients Can Count On (RM1 - Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-046
Summary:

This project will enhance the measurement, quality, and equity of care delivered in 20 community opioid treatment programs in Pennsylvania by co-designing and implementing measurement-based care tools and systems. The research will inform future use of measurement-based care for opioid treatment in partnership with key stakeholders, as well as explore alternative avenues improving health outcomes, including helping patients remain in treatment.

1R61DA059947-01
Developing and Testing Innovative Care Pathways for Screening and Treatment of OUD/PTSD in Jails Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Optimizing the Quality, Reach, and Impact of Addiction Services NIDA UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES ZIELINSKI, MELISSA JEAN (contact); ZALLER, NICKOLAS D Little Rock, AR 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Translating Research to Practice to End the Overdose Crisis (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-053
Summary:

Many people in jail have both opioid use disorder (OUD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Among people with OUD released from jail, only few engage in treatment and medication therapy once they are back in the community, and opioid overdose is a leading cause of death in this population. This project will test whether identifying and initiating treatment of PTSD in people receiving OUD treatment in jail can increase these individuals’ likelihood of starting and staying in medication treatment after release and thus reduce overdose risk.

1R01DA059422-01
Validation of a Virtual Still Face Procedure and Deep Learning Algorithms to Assess Infant Emotion Regulation and Infant-Caregiver Interactions in the Wild Enhanced Outcomes for Infants and Children Exposed to Opioids Virtual Assessments to Understand Developmental Trajectories of Substance Use Exposure NIDA UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN MCELWAIN, NANCY L (contact); HASEGAWA-JOHNSON, MARK ALLAN Champaign, IL 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Development and validation of virtual assessments to study children and caregivers in their natural environment (R01- Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-050
Summary:

Both an infant’s ability to regulate their emotions and infant-parent interactions are critical to healthy brain and behavioral development. Accurate assessment of these factors for research in laboratory settings is technically difficult and burdensome for participants. Next-generation methods that can be used at home, including wearable sensors and machine learning approaches, promise to make it easier to assess infants with prenatal substance exposures. This project will use remote sensing technologies and machine learning to characterize dynamic real-time infant emotion regulation and infant-caregiver interactions throughout the day and in the home.

1RM1DE033491-01
Endosomal Mechanisms Signaling Oral Cancer Pain Preclinical and Translational Research in Pain Management Integrated Basic and Clinical Team-Based Research in Pain NIDCR NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHMIDT, BRIAN L (contact); BUNNETT, NIGEL W; KHANNA, RAJESH; LEONG, KAM W; YE, YI New York, NY 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative Integrated Basic and Clinical Team-based Research in Pain (RM1 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-22-069
Summary:

Human oral cancer is associated with significant chronic pain, and a comprehensive understanding of the biology and mechanisms underlying this chronic pain is critical for developing better pain management strategies. This project will determine molecular characteristics, including a specific signaling system (endosomal GPCR kinase), associated with chronic oral cancer pain, using tissue samples obtained from patients with this condition. The findings will then be used to inform studies in animal models of human oral cancer pain to enhance understanding how endosomal GPCR kinase contributes to human oral cancer pain.

1K99AT012658-01
A Role for Peripheral NAAA-Regulated Lipid Signaling in the Control of Hyperalgesic Priming Cross-Cutting Research Training the Next Generation of Researchers in HEAL NCCIH UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-IRVINE FOTIO, YANNICK Irvine, CA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral-to-Independent Career Transition Award in PAIN and SUD Research (K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-22-022
Summary:

Chronic pain remains a significant global heath challenge. Development of novel safe and effective treatments requires a deeper understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the development of chronic pain. One protein that has been implicated in controlling the transition from acute to chronic pain is N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA). This project will evaluate how NAAA controls pain susceptibility after an acute insult and how this affects the emergence of chronic pain.

1UG3NS131785-01A1
Identifying multimodal biomarkers for autologous serum tears in the treatment of chronic postoperative ocular pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Discovery and Validation of Biomarkers, Endpoints, and Signatures for Pain Conditions NINDS CLEVELAND CLINIC LERNER COLLEGE OF MEDICINE - CWRU SAYEGH, RONY ROGER (contact); ROTROFF, DANIEL Cleveland, OH 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Discovery of Biomarkers and Biomarker Signatures to Facilitate Clinical Trials for Pain Therapeutics (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-22-050
Summary:

Cataract surgery is commonly performed in older adults; however, some patients subsequently experience chronic eye pain that is difficult to treat. One promising approach that is effective in some, but not all, patients uses the patient's own serum (a component of blood) as eye drops. This project seeks to identify markers that can help predict which patients will respond to serum treatment and monitor their progress. Using advanced technology and data analysis to evaluate patient histories, questionnaires, and different genetic and other molecular characteristics in the eyes and serum it aims to identify potential markers that can then be tested in a clinical study.

1R43HL167661-01A1
Improving Analgesic Effectiveness and Safety with Proactive Precision Pain Management in Thoracic Surgical Patients with Lung Lesions Cross-Cutting Research Small Business Programs NHLBI OPALGENIX, INC. PLUMP, STEVEN R (contact); SADHASIVAM, SENTHILKUMAR Indianapolis, IN 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL INITIATIVE: Development of Therapies and Technologies Directed at Enhanced Pain Management (R43/R44 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-20-011
1R01DA059473-01
Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Phenotypes and Mechanisms Associated With Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes New Strategies to Prevent and Treat Opioid Addiction Sleep Dysfunction as a Core Feature of Opioid Use Disorder and Recovery NIDA JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY HUHN, ANDREW S (contact); RABINOWITZ, JILL ALEXANDRA Baltimore, MD 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Sleep Predictors of Opioid-Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes Program (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-059
Summary:

Chronic opioid use has well known effects on sleep quality, including disordered breathing during sleep and other abnormalities related to circadian rhythms. However, little is known about the relationship between sleep-related symptoms and non-medical opioid use among individuals being treated for opioid use disorder. This longitudinal study aims to identify biological pathways that may account for these associations. The research will first determine associations of sleep and proxy measures of circadian rhythms with non-medical opioid use. Second, they will investigate emotional processes associated with sleep/circadian symptoms and opioid treatment outcomes.

1R61DA059892-01
Data-Driven Approaches for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Recovery, and Overdose Prevention in Rural Communities via Mobile Health Clinics and Peer Support Services Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Optimizing the Quality, Reach, and Impact of Addiction Services NIDA CLEMSON UNIVERSITY RENNERT, LIOR (contact); LITWIN, ALAIN HARRIS Clemson, SC 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Translating Research to Practice to End the Overdose Crisis (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-053
Summary:

Although medication-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) can effectively reduce overdose risk and improve health outcomes, most people discontinue treatment too soon. Peer support specialists, who are individuals with direct experience with a substance use disorder, can offer social support to help individuals with OUD overcome barriers to treatment and recovery. This project will develop, deliver, and evaluate an innovative peer support specialist intervention to help individuals begin and stay in a treatment program. The research will focus on rural populations and underserved communities, using a dynamic modeling framework to prioritize at-risk communities for treatment offered through mobile health clinics.

1R61DA059897-01
Testing a Video and Text Messaging Intervention to Reduce PTSD and Opioid Misuse Among Sexual Violence Survivors Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Optimizing the Quality, Reach, and Impact of Addiction Services NIDA UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON WALSH, KATIE L Madison, WI 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Translating Research to Practice to End the Overdose Crisis (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-053
Summary:

People who survive sexual violence are at increased risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid misuse. Emergency departments are often the first, and in some cases only, contact with the medical care system for survivors of sexual violence. This makes them a suitable setting to initiate interventions to address the risk of PTSD and opioid misuse in these individuals. This project will develop and test a brief, low-cost video and text message intervention that can be initiated in the emergency department to prevent onset or escalation of PTSD and opioid misuse among people who survive sexual violence.

1UG3DA059414-01
Autonomous Digital CBT Intervention for Opioid Use Disorder in Individuals with Co-Occurring Internalizing Disorders New Strategies to Prevent and Treat Opioid Addiction Optimizing Care for People with Opioid Use Disorder and Mental Health Conditions NIDA UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ANKER, JUSTIN JACK (contact); RINEHART, LINDA Minneapolis, MN 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Therapeutics Development for Opioid Use Disorder in Patients with Co-occurring Mental Disorders (UG3/UH3 - Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-049
Summary:

People who have anxiety and/or depression are particularly susceptible to misusing opioids to avoid negative emotional states. This project aims to develop and test a fully autonomous (no-human operator) cognitive behavioral therapy-based digital therapeutic for people with co-occurring opioid use disorder and anxiety or depression. The goal is to specifically target compulsive opioid use motivated by the relief of unpleasant emotions. The researchers will modify an existing digital therapeutic and test its efficacy in this patient population.

1RF1NS134549-01
Validation of a New Large-Pore Channel as a Novel Target for Neuropathic Pain Preclinical and Translational Research in Pain Management Discovery and Validation of Novel Targets for Safe and Effective Treatment of Pain NINDS JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY QIU, ZHAOZHU (contact); GUAN, YUN Baltimore, MD 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Discovery and Validation of Novel Targets for Safe and Effective Pain Treatment (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-22-034
Summary:

Activation of immune cells (microglia) in the central nervous system and neuroinflammation have emerged as key drivers of neuropathic pain. These processes can be triggered by release of ATP, the compound that provides energy to many biochemical reactions. The source and mechanism of ATP release are poorly understood but could be targets of novel treatment approaches for neuropathic pain. This project will use genetic, pharmacological, and electrophysiological approaches to determine whether a large pore channel called Swell 1 that spans the cell membrane is the source of ATP release and resulting neuropathic pain and thus could be a treatment target.

1R21DE033319-01
Oral Complications From Sublingual Buprenorphine Treatment: A Prospective Cohort Study Novel Therapeutic Options for Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose Oral Complications Arising From Pharmacotherapies to Treat Opioid Use Disorders NIDCR BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL SUZUKI, JOJI Boston, MA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Oral Complications Arising from Pharmacotherapies to Treat Opioid Use Disorders (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-DE-23-016
Summary:

Buprenorphine is used for treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD), and patients often take it for many years by slowly dissolving it in the mouth. In 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned about possible oral complications from buprenorphine use, including tooth decay, oral infections, and tooth loss. However, this warning was largely based on small studies with no comparison group and no assessment of other risk factors such as limited dental care. This project will follow two groups of individuals with OUD who take either sublingual buprenorphine or methadone, to compare their oral health and understand barriers and facilitators of dental care. The results will be used to plan an intervention for preventing and treating oral diseases in this patient group.

1UG3NS135168-01
IMPACT: Integrative Mindfulness-Based Predictive Approach for Chronic low back pain Treatment Clinical Research in Pain Management Discovery and Validation of Biomarkers, Endpoints, and Signatures for Pain Conditions NINDS WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE KING, JEAN A (contact); AGU, EMMANUEL; MORONE, NATALIA E Worcester, MA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Discovery of Biomarkers and Biomarker Signatures to Facilitate Clinical Trials for Pain Therapeutics (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-22-050
Summary:

Chronic low back pain affects millions of people in the United States, resulting in high medical costs and lost productivity. New opioid-free treatments are needed to help people with chronic low back pain, but not all people respond equally to a given approach. IMPACT aims to use machine learning to analyze data such as physical activity, sleep, emotions, and pain levels and identify markers that can help predict how effective a mindfulness-based treatment approach (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) can be for people with chronic low back pain.

4R33NS113258-02
Multi-Omic Biomarkers for Neuropathic Pain Secondary to Chemotherapy Clinical Research in Pain Management Discovery and Validation of Biomarkers, Endpoints, and Signatures for Pain Conditions NINDS CLEVELAND CLINIC LERNER COM-CWRU ROTROFF, DANIEL (contact); FOSS, JOSEPH F; JOHNSON, KENWARD B Cleveland, OH 2023
NOFO Title: Discovery of Biomarkers, Biomarker Signatures, and Endpoints for Pain (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-18-041
1R01DA059401-01
Preventing School Exclusion and Opioid Misuse: Effectiveness of the Inclusive Skill-Building Learning Approach (ISLA) New Strategies to Prevent and Treat Opioid Addiction Preventing Opioid Use Disorder NIDA UNIVERSITY OF OREGON NESE, RHONDA Eugene, OR 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Preventing Opioid Misuse and Co-Occurring Conditions by Intervening on Social Determinants (R01 - Clinical Trials Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-051
Summary:

Non-punishment, support-based preventive interventions in schools are needed to reduce misuse of opioids and other substances among youth. This project will test an intervention to improve school climate by introducing a learning approach that encourages behavior that is supportive and respectful in middle schools. ISLA reduces the use of exclusionary and discipline practices, such as suspensions and expulsions, that can be racially discriminating. The research aims to improve inclusive teaching practices, student engagement, student-teacher relationships, and school climate, while reducing student misuse of opioids and other substances.

1K23DA058785-01
Addressing the Readiness Gap: An eHealth Intervention to Increase Patient Motivation for Evidence-Based Chronic Pain Interventions and Reduced Opioid Reliance Cross-Cutting Research Training the Next Generation of Researchers in HEAL NIDA VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY CROUCH, TAYLOR BERENS Richmond, VA 2023
NOFO Title: Career Development Awards in Implementation Science for Substance Use Prevention and Treatment (K23 - Clinical Trial Required)
NOFO Number: PAS-22-207
Summary:

Evidence-based behavioral treatments for pain are among the most effective and safe approaches, but they are underused, especially among patients taking opioids long-term. Despite known risks to long-term opioid therapy (including opioid use disorder and overdoses), patients may be reluctant to try something different to manage their pain. This project brings together two evidence-based behavior change interventions—motivational interviewing and contingency management—into an online format. The research will test whether web-based tools or mobile apps influence a patient’s willingness to consider using non-medication treatments for pain. The research will assess feasibility, acceptability to patients and providers, and broad-scale implementation.

1R61DA059887-01
Testing an Occupational Stress Intervention for Harm Reduction Workers in Substance Misuse Settings Translation of Research to Practice for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction Optimizing the Quality, Reach, and Impact of Addiction Services NIDA UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN CREECH, SUZANNAH K Austin, TX 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Translating Research to Practice to End the Overdose Crisis (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-053
Summary:

People who work in harm reduction settings aiming to keep people with substance use disorders safe from overdose and other negative health outcomes are exposed to high rates of lifetime and occupational stress and trauma. Their work conditions can have adverse effects on patient care and also on their own well-being, such as unmet mental health needs, burnout, and relapse. This project will adapt the Stress First Aid intervention for harm reduction workers. The research will test the impact of this intervention on social support, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, use of mental health care, engagement, and turnover. The long-term goal of this work is to implement a sustainable and effective national occupational stress intervention for harm reduction workers to strengthen their important role in helping individuals get treatment and avoid overdose.

1R01DA059415-01
Integrating Eye-Tracking and ECG Methodologies for Remote Infant Neurocognitive Assessments in the Home Enhanced Outcomes for Infants and Children Exposed to Opioids Virtual Assessments to Understand Developmental Trajectories of Substance Use Exposure NIDA NEW YORK UNIVERSITY BRITO, NATALIE HIROMI New York, NY 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Development and validation of virtual assessments to study children and caregivers in their natural environment (R01- Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-23-050
Summary:

Use of remote data collection in developmental research can make it easier for families to participate in such research and increase sociodemographic diversity of participants. The goal of this project is to validate remote methods for testing early cognitive development, particularly attention and memory skills, in 4-, 8-, and 12-month-old infants from traditionally underrepresented populations in neuroscience research. The project will integrate multiple types of data to improve remote measurement of infant cognition within the home and will help expand understanding of developmental trajectories and mechanisms across diverse environments and contexts.

1U19NS135528-01
The Penn Human Precision Pain Center (HPPC): Discovery and Functional Evaluation of Human Primary Somatosensory Neuron Types at Normal and Chronic Pain Conditions Preclinical and Translational Research in Pain Management Discovery and Validation of Novel Targets for Safe and Effective Treatment of Pain NINDS UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LUO, WENQIN (contact); LI, MINGYAO; OLAUSSON, HÅKAN; WU, HAO Philadelphia, PA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Discovery and Functional Evaluation of Human Pain-associated Genes & Cells (U19 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-22-018
Summary:

Migraine is one of the most common primary headache disorders and affects one in four U.S. households; however, there are few effective treatments. Migraine is a complex neurological disorder mediated in part by alterations in the way the brain processes sensations like touch and pain (somatosensation) in the head. These sensations are transmitted by the trigeminal nerve and a cell cluster called the trigeminal ganglion. To better understand the function of the human trigeminal system and its role in migraine, this project will conduct multiple types of molecular analyses of human trigeminal ganglia from people with and without migraine. The project will also perform sensory evaluations and measure the signals sent from the trigeminal ganglion to the brain in individuals with and without migraine.

1K99AR083486-01
Novel Models to Study Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons in Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Cross-Cutting Research Training the Next Generation of Researchers in HEAL NIAMS STANFORD UNIVERSITY BREWER, CHELSIE L Stanford, CA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral-to-Independent Career Transition Award in PAIN and SUD Research (K99/R00 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-22-022
Summary:

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a frequent cause of disability and chronic pain. Treatment often relies on analgesics like opioids to manage OA pain, with all the associated risks; other approaches to treat OA are often invasive and inaccessible to patients. Therefore, novel analgesic strategies are needed to reduce the high burden of knee OA-induced pain. This project aims to study in detail and target the sensory neurons that drive OA pain to assist in the development of more effective pain therapeutics.

1UG3NS134781-01
A novel glycan-based selectin and complement inhibitor for at-home disease-modifying rescue of pain crisis in sickle cell disease Preclinical and Translational Research in Pain Management Development and Optimization of Non-Addictive Therapies to Treat Pain NINDS IHP THERAPEUTICS, INC. PADERI, JOHN San Carlos, CA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: Non-addictive Analgesic Therapeutics Development [Small Molecules and Biologics] to Treat Pain (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-NS-21-010
9SB1NS137964-04
Advancing precision pain medicines to the clinic Cross-Cutting Research Small Business Programs NINDS NAVEGA THERAPEUTICS, INC. MORENO, ANA MARIA (contact); ALEMAN GUILLEN, FERNANDO San Diego, CA 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: Embedded Entrepreneurs for Small Businesses in Pain Management (SB1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: PAR-23-069
4R33DA057683-02
Leveraging regulatory flexibility for methadone take-home dosing to improve retention in treatment for opioid use disorder: A stepped-wedge randomized trial to facilitate clinic level changes Cross-Cutting Research Translating Data 2 Action to Prevent Overdose NIDA NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE NEIGHBORS, CHARLES J (contact); BAO, YUHUA; RAMSEY, KELLY S New York, NY 2023
NOFO Title: HEAL Initiative: HEAL Data2Action Innovation Projects (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOFO Number: RFA-DA-22-051