Funded Projects

Project # Project Title Sort descending Research Focus Area Research Program Administering IC(s) Institution(s) Investigator(s) Location(s) Year Awarded
1UG3AR077360-01
A sequenced-strategy for improving outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network NIAMS JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY COHEN, STEVEN P; CAMPBELL, CLAUDIA MICHELLE; CASTILLO, RENAN C Baltimore, MD 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network: Clinical Trial Planning and Implementation Cooperative Agreement (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-021
Summary:

The goal of this proposal is to conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of conservative behavioral and nonopioid pharmacological treatments (Phase I) and, among nonresponders, the benefits of nonsurgical procedural interventions (Phase II). Aim 1 will evaluate the effectiveness of individual and combined online cognitive behavioral therapy (painTRAINER) and pharmacologic treatment (duloxetine) in improving pain and function for knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients compared with standard of care. Aim 2 will determine if genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation or intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid and steroid is more effective in improving outcomes than local anesthetic nerve block or standard of care and help establish the role of these interventional treatments in the overall management of pain in KOA patients. Aim 3 will test whether clinical and psychosocial phenotypes predict short- and long-term treatment response.

1U24AR076730-01
Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Data Integration, Algorithm Development and Operations Management Center Clinical Research in Pain Management Back Pain Consortium Research Program NIAMS UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL LAVANGE, LISA Chapel Hill, NC 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Data Integration, Algorithm Development and Operations Management Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-AR-19-027
Summary:

The BACPAC Research Program’s Data Integration, Algorithm Development, and Operations Management Center (DAC) will bring cohesion to research performed by the participating Mechanistic Research Centers, Technology Research Sites, and Phase 2 Clinical Trials Centers. DAC Investigators will share their vision and provide scientific leadership and organizational support to the BACPAC Consortium. The research plan consists of supporting design and conduct of clinical trials with precision interventions that focus on identifying the best treatments for individual patients. The DAC will enhance collaboration and research progress with experienced leadership, innovative design and analysis methodologies, comprehensive research operations support, a state-of-the-art data management and integration system, and superior administrative support. This integrated structure will set the stage for technology assessments, solicitation of patient input and utilities, and the evaluation of high-impact interventions through the innovative design and sound execution of clinical trials, leading to effective personalized treatment approaches for patients with chronic lower back pain.

1U24NS115714-01
California Clinical and Translational Pain Research Consortium Clinical Research in Pain Management Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) NINDS UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO WALLACE, MARK S San Diego, CA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network - Specialized Clinical Centers (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-036
Summary:

The California Clinical and Translational Pain Research Consortium (CCTPRC) consists of four University of California academic medical centers with considerable experience in pain management clinical trials, phenotyping, and biomarker validation. The network will leverage solid existing Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) resources to make clinical trial execution efficient and rapid. The hub will be located at the University of California, San Diego, with spokes located on the other three campuses to provide maximum flexibility, ready to accommodate studies in a variety of pain conditions and provide successful recruitment and high-quality data collection.

3U01HL117664-05S2
CANNABINOID-BASED THERAPY AND APPROACHES TO QUANTIFY PAIN IN SICKLE CELL DISEASE Clinical Research in Pain Management NHLBI University of Minnesota GUPTA, KALPNA MINNEAPOLIS, MN 2018
FOA Title: Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: PA-18-591
Summary:

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited hematologic disorder accompanied by severe pain, inflammation, and vascular injury. We propose that nociceptor activation by ongoing hypoxia/reperfusion (H/R) injury leads to the release of neuropeptides by sensory nerves in the skin, stimulating vascular insult and mast cell activation in SCD. In turn, mast cell tryptase activates protease-activated receptor 2 on sensory nerve endings, resulting in exaggerated neuroinflammation, vascular injury, and central sensitization. Our general hypothesis is that neurogenic inflammation contributes to pain in SCD and that cannabinoids provide analgesia by disrupting neurogenic inflammation and nociceptor sensitization. We also hypothesize that EEG and functional MRI can be used to optimize analgesic treatments in SCD. We propose to use transgenic sickle mice, and individual cells involved in evoking pain, to perform this translational study. A proof of principle study in humans will examine the effect of cannabis on pain in sickle patients.

1U24NS113850-01
Clinical Coordinating Center for the Health Initiative in Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network Clinical Research in Pain Management Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) NINDS MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL FAVA, MAURIZIO; DWORKIN, ROBERT H; EDWARDS, ROBERT R; RATHMELL, JAMES P Boston, MA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network - Clinical Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-023
Summary:

The objective of the Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) and EPPIC- Net initiatives is to rapidly and efficiently translate advances in the neurobiology of pain into treatments for people with chronic and acute pain, conditions associated with a significant burden to both patients and society. The Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) for EPPIC-Net will promote and facilitate, from initial conception through final analysis, clinical trials in adult and pediatric populations with acute or chronic pain by providing efficient methodological, organizational, and logistical support. The EPPIC-Net-CCC will adopt and establish processes aimed at dramatically increasing the efficiency of multicenter clinical trials, improving the overall quality of clinical trials, promoting patient recruitment and retention as well as increasing the number of clinical investigators and research staff well trained and passionate about leading and conducting multicenter clinical trials.

3U01DK123812-01S1
Creating a multi-level intervention to reduce stigma for buprenorphine use for individuals with End Stage Kidney Disease and Chronic Pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Integrated Approach to Pain and Opioid Use in Hemodialysis Patients NIDDK UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT PITTSBURGH JHAMB, MANISHA Pittsburgh, PA 2020
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements to Support Strategies to Reduce Stigma in Pain Management and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Treatment
FOA Number: NOT-OD-20-101
Summary:

Medications have proven to be effective for treating opioid use disorder (OUD). Increasing accessibility to buprenorphine provides an opportunity for many with OUD to benefit from its proven effectiveness. Adherence to medication-based treatments however is low, in part because of the stigma associated with use of this and other effective drugs and as such, leads to inadequate treatment and poor outcomes. This study aims to understand the effects of stigma on patient engagement, retention, and outcomes of buprenorphine treatment. Knowledge drawn from the HIV Stigma Theory and tools developed to reduce HIV associated stigma will be used to assess OUD stigma and to develop interventions to reduce it in the context of buprenorphine treatment. The study findings may provide resources to address stigma and thus maximize treatment adherence among those affected by OUD.

3U01DE027441-02S1
DE-IMPLEMENTING OPIOID USE AND IMPLEMENTING OPTIMAL PAIN MANAGEMENT FOLLOWING DENTAL EXTRACTIONS Clinical Research in Pain Management NIDCR HealthPartners Institute RINDAL, D. BRAD MINNEAPOLIS, MN 2018
FOA Title: Implementation Science Research to Improve Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Health (U01)
FOA Number: RFA-DE-18-001
Summary:

The primary objective of this project is to de-implement the use of opioid analgesics for the management of postoperative pain following dental extractions and to implement effective alternative pain management. We propose a cluster-randomized trial designin which dental practitioners are randomly assigned to one of three conditions: 1) standard practice as a control condition; 2) a clinical decision support (CDS) tool that will extract patient history and interface with the state prescription drug monitoring program to provide personalized recommendations for analgesic prescribing and offer language for discussing non-opioid pain management; 3) an enhanced version of the CDS (CDS-E) that will also include information regarding optimal, evidence-based non-opioid pain management delivered to the patient both before and following the dental extraction visit. We will examine opioid and non-opioid prescribing data from the electronic health record across study arms as well as other provider- and patient-focused outcomes using mixed methods.

1UH2AR076731-01
Development, Evaluation and Translation of Robotic Apparel for Alleviating Low Back Pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Back Pain Consortium Research Program NIAMS HARVARD UNIVERSITY WALSH, CONOR Cambridge, MA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Technology Research Sites (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-AR-19-028
Summary:

A primary factor contributing to acute or recurrent back injury is overexertion via excessive peak and cumulative forces on the back and the primary factors involved in the progression of acute low back injury to chronic low back pain (cLBP) include maladaptive motor control strategies, muscle hyperactivity, reduced movement variability, and the development of fear cognitions. This project will focus on the development of robotic apparel with integrated biofeedback components that can reduce exertion; encourage safe, varied movement strategies; and promote recovery. Robotic apparel will be capable of providing supportive forces to the back and hip joints through adaptive control algorithms that respond to dynamic movements and becoming fully transparent when assistance is no longer needed. This technology can be used to prevent cLBP caused by overexertion and provide a new tool to physical therapists and the clinical community to enhance rehabilitation programs.

1U24NS114416-01
Duke Pain Early-phase Research Clinical Center (PERC) Clinical Research in Pain Management Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) NINDS DUKE UNIVERSITY LIMKAKENG, ALEXANDER TAN; KEEFE, FRANCIS J Durham, NC 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network - Specialized Clinical Centers (U24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-025
Summary:

Managing persistent pain has long been a difficult challenge, one that is heightened by the recent opioid crisis. Although many potential solutions may exist, demonstrating their efficacy in a multicenter trial is a considerable obstacle. There is broad consensus that a nationwide clinical research network is necessary to promote innovation. A hub-spoke complex of academic medical centers with considerable experience in pain management clinical trials and biomarker validation will leverage existing resources to make clinical trial execution efficient and rapid. Together, spokes will provide maximum flexibility, ready to accommodate studies in any well-characterized pain condition.

1U24NS113847-01
Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network: Greater New York Clinical Center Clinical Research in Pain Management Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) NINDS NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE DOAN, LISA; LIPTON, RICHARD B New York, NY 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network - Specialized Clinical Centers (U24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-025
Summary:

The Greater New York Clinical Center (GNYCC) aims to engage experts in pain research and pain practice to build the infrastructure required to support the objectives of the Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net). The GNYCC will provide expertise and resources to perform phase 2 clinical trials to test the efficacy of novel pain treatments, as well as phenotyping and biomarker studies that will enable customized treatments. The consortium comprises four major academic centers in New York City, one of the most diverse cities in the United States and the nation’s largest metropolitan area. We will 1) build infrastructure to rapidly access clinical trial resources and a network of investigators and clinical leaders, 2) develop a plan for swift evaluation and launch of proposed studies, and 3) optimize patient retention and monitor sites to ensure protocol adherence, data quality, and efficiency.

UG3HD102038-01
Effectiveness of an mHealth psychosocial intervention to prevent transition from acute to chronic postsurgical pain in adolescents Clinical Research in Pain Management Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network NICHD SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL RABBITTS, JENNIFER; PALERMO, TONYA M Seattle, WA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network: Clinical Trial Planning and Implementation Cooperative Agreement (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-021
Summary:

The study team developed an mHealth pain self-management intervention for the perioperative period (SurgeryPal) to target psychosocial risk factors and teach pain self-management skills. The goal of this proposal is to establish the effectiveness of the SurgeryPal psychosocial intervention to improve clinically meaningful outcomes in adolescents undergoing major musculoskeletal surgery, and to identify the optimal timing of intervention delivery. The study team will plan for the efficient implementation of a multisite randomized clinical trial at 25 centers in 500 youth ages 12–18 years undergoing spinal fusion surgery and their parents. Participants will be randomized to receive SurgeryPal or attention control condition during the preoperative and postoperative phases. Self-reported pain severity and interference and secondary outcomes will be assessed at baseline, 3-, and 6-months. If effective, this scalable, low cost intervention will allow broad implementation to prevent chronic postsurgical pain in youth.

1U24NS113844-01
EPPIC-NET DCC Clinical Research in Pain Management Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) NINDS NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE PETKOVA, EVA; TROXEL, ANDREA B New York, NY 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network - Data Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-024
Summary:

The Data Coordinating Center (DCC) of the Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) will be the data and biospecimen manager for pain research within the HEAL Partnership. As such, it will host, manage, standardize, curate, and provide a sharing platform for data and biospecimens for HEAL initiatives, such as the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures initiative and the BACPAC, in addition to EPPIC-Net studies. The DCC will develop and maintain a databank for depositing data, will link these data with a repository for biological samples, and will create a platform for teams to work together to analyze and interpret data. Further, the DCC will provide leadership in the statistical design and analysis of EPPIC-Net studies and will deploy advanced systems and processes for data collection, management, quality assurance, and reporting. The DCC will create, sustain, and continually advance a robust organization for the rapid design, implementation, and performance of high-quality rigorous Phase II clinical trials to test promising therapeutics for pain.

1U24NS115678-01
EPPIC-Net Hub at University of Washington Clinical Research in Pain Management Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) NINDS University of Washington BACKONJA, MIROSLAV MISHA; CURATOLO, MICHELE ; STACEY, BRETT Seattle, WA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network - Specialized Clinical Centers (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-036
Summary:

The Helping to End Addiction Long-term? (HEAL) Initiative’s Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net) is a unique opportunity to impact the management of pain, through expeditious discovery and validation of biomarkers and analgesic therapies, and in-depth phenotyping. The University of Washington’s (UW) Division of Pain Medicine (UW Pain; “hub”) includes four core clinical sites. Committed spokes include specialty care clinics, primary care clinics, external academic medical centers, and health systems. To achieve the goals of the HEAL Initiative’s EPPIC-Net, the study group will (1) establish UW EPPIC-Net hub and spokes infrastructure, provide scientific leadership and administrative oversight, and apply expertise in design and conduct of high-quality multidisciplinary Phase 2 clinical trials and biomarker validation studies; (2) develop policies and procedures for rapid design, initiation, recruitment, conduct, and closure of high-quality multidisciplinary Phase 2 clinical trials and biomarker validation studies for specific pain conditions at UW Pain EPPIC-Net hub and spokes; and (3) establish mechanisms for communication, education and training, and performance assessment of the UW-EPPIC-Net hub and spokes, to assure efficient and timely utilization of resources to most effectively recruit research participants into EPPIC-Net.

3R01MD009063-05S1
ETHNIC DIFFERENCES IN ENDOGENOUS PAIN REGULATION: PET IMAGING OF OPIOID RECEPTORS Clinical Research in Pain Management NIMHD Johns Hopkins University CAMPBELL, CLAUDIA MICHELLE Baltimore, MD 2018
FOA Title: Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: PA-18-591
Summary:

Ethnic groups show substantial variability in the experience of acute and clinical pain, with African Americans (AAs) having more clinical pain conditions and higher levels of pain severity and pain-related disability compared to non-Hispanic whites (NHW). Ethnic differences in opioid neurotransmitters suggest that these systems function less efficiently among AAs and may account for differences in pain and analgesic responses. The overwhelming majority of clinically used opioids elicit their effects through activation of the mu-opioid receptor, making it a relevant target for investigation. We propose to examine ethnic differences in the supraspinal endogenous opioid system using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of mu-opioid receptors employing the mu-selective agonist [11C]carfentanil. Healthy AAs and sex-, age-, SES-matched NHW participants will undergo one baseline (non-pain) and one capsaicin-induced pain PET session using [11C]carfentanil. The current proposal will measure µ-opioid binding potential and examine its role in ethnic group differences in pain sensitivity.

3UH3AR076568-02S1
Examining the effect of intersectional stigma on the treatment of negative affect in chronic low back pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Back Pain Consortium Research Program NIAMS UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT PITTSBURGH WASAN, AJAY D Pittsburgh, PA 2020
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements to Support Strategies to Reduce Stigma in Pain Management and Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Treatment
FOA Number: NOT-OD-20-101
Summary:

Patients with chronic low back pain, often have depressive and anxiety symptoms and use opioids all of which are associated with stigma. In turn stigma leads to decreased treatment seeking and adherence, increased depression and pain, and poor treatment outcomes. Intersection of these health-related stigmas may have synergistic effects. This study aims to enhance the findings of a clinical trial to test antidepressant medication and Enhanced Fear Avoidance Rehabilitation in patients with chronic low back pain and high levels of depression and anxiety. The effects of these intersecting types of stigma on the efficacy of the interventions will be evaluated to better understand the needs of the patient population and to inform development of a stigma reducing intervention that can be implemented care providers.

1UG3AR076387-01
Fibromyalgia TENS in Physical Therapy Study (TIPS): An embedded pragmatic clinical trial Clinical Research in Pain Management Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM) NIAMS UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CROFFORD, LE; SLUKA, KATHLEEN A Iowa City, IA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM)(UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-AT-19-004
Summary:

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, tenderness, and stiffness associated with fatigue and sleep disturbance. The investigators have recently completed a trial that demonstrated efficacy of active transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) compared with placebo TENS or no treatment in women with FM. While physical therapists are trained in using TENS, it is underused in clinical practice. This application proposes a pragmatic clinical trial of TENS for patients with FM to determine if the addition of TENS to physical therapy (PT) reduces pain, increases PT adherence, and helps achieve functional goals with less drug use. This study will address the critical need for strategies to implement effective nonpharmacologic treatments for FM. Successful completion of this trial will provide generalizable effectiveness data for referring providers, physical therapists, and insurers and will inform future pragmatic trials of nonpharmacologic treatments conducted in PT practices.

1UH2AR076736-01
Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation of Dorsal Root Ganglion for Noninvasive Mitigation of Low Back Pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Back Pain Consortium Research Program NIAMS UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RIEKE, VIOLA Salt Lake City, UT 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Technology Research Sites (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-AR-19-028
Summary:

This project’s goal is to develop a completely noninvasive, precise, and durable treatment option for low back pain (LBP). Focused ultrasound (FUS) is a lower-risk, completely noninvasive modality that enables the delivery of spatially confined acoustic energy to a small tissue region (dorsal root ganglion [DRG]) under magnetic resonance (MR) imaging guidance to treat axial low back pain by neuromodulation. The central goal of this study is to demonstrate neuromodulation of the DRG with FUS to decrease nerve conduction; this treatment can be used to attenuate pain sensation. This exploratory study will demonstrate FUS neuromodulation of the DRG in pigs as assessed by somatosensory evoked potential and perform unique behavioral assessments indicative of supraspinal pain sensation, with the ultimate goal of translating this technology to patients with LBP. FUS could potentially replace current invasive or systemically detrimental treatment modalities.

1UG3AT010621-01
Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic low back pain in the primary care setting Clinical Research in Pain Management Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM) NCCIH BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER MORONE, NATALIA E Boston, MA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM)(UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-AT-19-004
Summary:

The opioid crisis has underscored the urgency of alleviating patients’ chronic low back pain (cLBP) with effective therapies, including evidence-based nonpharmacologic approaches. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is now recommended by the American College of Physicians for initial treatment of cLBP. A pragmatic clinical trial (PCT) will inform health care decision makers about whether this program can be implemented in a real-life clinical setting and measure its impact on outcomes. The OPTIMUM (Optimizing Pain Treatment In Medical settings Using Mindfulness) program will integrate and test an evidence-based mindfulness clinical pain program for patients with cLBP in the primary care provider (PCP) setting. It will be conducted with three health care system sites. Four hundred and fifty persons ? 18 years of age with cLBP will be randomized to OPTIMUM + PCP Usual Care or PCP Usual Care.

1U24AT010961-01
HEAL Collaboratory Resource Coordinating Center (PRISM) Clinical Research in Pain Management Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM) NCCIH DUKE UNIVERSITY HERNANDEZ, ADRIAN; CURTIS, LESLEY H; WEINFURT, KEVIN P Durham, NC 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Limited Competition: Resource Coordinating Center for Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain (PRISM) to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
FOA Number: RFA-AT-19-011
Summary:

Improved pain management and reduction of opioid use could greatly benefit from improved pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs). The PRISM Resource Coordinating Center (CC), as part of the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, will support up to nine more embedded PCTs that address pain management and the opioid crisis. Since 2012, the CC has nurtured 15 Demonstration Projects by providing leadership, resources, tools, training, and coordination of diverse elements. The CC will work collaboratively with each PRISM Demonstration Project team supported through the HEAL Initiative, including their partnering health care systems, to develop, test, and implement the projects while providing technical, design, and coordination support. The CC will also develop and refine technical and policy guidelines and best practices for the effective conduct of pain-related research studies in partnership with health care systems and disseminate best strategies for successful embedded PCTs.

3U19AR076725-01S1
HEALing LB3P: Profiling Biomechanical, Biological and Behavioral phenotypes Clinical Research in Pain Management Back Pain Consortium Research Program NIAMS UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT PITTSBURGH SOWA, GWENDOLYN A Pittsburgh, PA 2020
FOA Title: Notice of Special Interest to Encourage Eligible NIH HEAL Initiative Awardees to Apply for Administrative Supplements to Promote Training in Clinical Research on Pain (Admin Supp ? Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
FOA Number: NOT-NS-20-044
Summary:

Multiple factors, including inflammation contribute to chronic low back pain. Inflammation is mediated by numerous genes. The study aims to determine how variations in the genes encoding key inflammatory mediators impact the response of patients with chronic low back pain to physical therapy treatment. Gene variations that are known to be linked to inflammation and pain will be tested against their possible association on physical therapy treatment outcomes, to inform clinical decisions on optimal care. This study will support training in clinical research on pain within the context of the HEAL BACPAC Mechanistic Research Center. It will provide resources for a research project relevant to the parent grant and the career development of an individual in the field of pain research. The ability to identify a set of genetic variations and classify patients according to treatment response might enable use of DNA testing as a screening tool for targeted treatments for patients with CLBP.

1U19AR076725-01
HEALing LB3P: Profiling Biomechanical, Biological and Behavioral phenotypes Clinical Research in Pain Management Back Pain Consortium Research Program NIAMS UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT PITTSBURGH SOWA, GWENDOLYN A Pittsburgh, PA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program: Mechanistic Research Centers (U19 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-AR-19-026
Summary:

The University of Pittsburgh Low Back Pain: Biological, Biomechanical, and Behavioral Phenotypes (LB3P) Mechanistic Research Center (MRC) will to perform in-depth phenotyping of patients with chronic low back pain (cLBP), using a multimodal approach to characterize patients and provide insight into the phenotypes associated with experience of cLBP to direct targeted and improved treatments. The LB3P MRC will be formed of three Research Cores, three support cores, and one research project. This approach will leverage and integrate distinctive resources at the University of Pittsburgh laboratories to deliver quantified biomechanical, biological, and behavioral characteristics; functional assessments; and patient-reported outcomes, coupled with advanced data analytics using a novel Network Phenotyping Strategy (NPS). By eliminating isolated and disconnected approaches to treatment and focusing on personalized patient-centric approaches, this approach will yield improved outcomes and patient satisfaction.

1UG3AT011265-01
Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of Guided Relaxation and Acupuncture for Chronic Sickle Cell Disease Pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM) NCCIH UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO DOORENBOS, ARDITH Z; EZENWA, MIRIAM OMELEBELE; MOLOKIE, ROBERT E; SCHLAEGER, JUDITH MICHELLE; SHAH, NIRMISH R Chicago, IL 2020
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM) (UG3/UH3, Clinical Trials Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-AT-20-004
Summary:

In the US, approximately 100,000 people, mainly of African and Hispanic background have Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Pain is a constant companion and chronic disabling symptom for those with SCD. It is increasingly clear that adults with chronic SCD pain also experience periods of acute worsening of their pain. The evaluation of nonpharmacological therapies that reduce chronic pain and the need for opioid medication among individuals with SCD is critically needed to address lack of adequate pain control to prevent periods of acute deterioration and high opioid use with negative sequelae. The investigators will conduct a hybrid type 1 effectiveness-implementation trial to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture and guided relaxation in patients with SCD while observing and gathering information on implementation in three health systems. The study will utilize a 3-arm, 3-site pragmatic randomized controlled SMART trial design that evaluates adaptive interventions, in which selection of interventions responds to patients? characteristics and evolving clinical status. The investigators will use the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to plan, execute, and evaluate implementation processes.

1UH2AR076741-01
Imaging Epigenetic Dysregulation in Patients with Low Back Pain Clinical Research in Pain Management Back Pain Consortium Research Program NIAMS MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL WEY, HSIAO-YING Boston, MA 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Technology Research Sites (UH2/UH3 Clinical Trial Optional)
FOA Number: RFA-AR-19-028
Summary:

Inhibitors of the epigenetic enzymes histone deacetylases (HDACs) produce analgesic responses and are therefore therapeutic targets for pain. The research team recently resolved a PET imaging agent, [11C]Martinostat, that selectively binds to a subset of HDAC enzymes. A series of initial proof-of-concept clinical validation studies will be conducted to evaluate whether [11C]Martinostat PET is a sensitive biomarker to detect the typical (axial) chronic low back pain (cLBP). The research team will validate [11C]Martinostat PET’s ability to differentiate subtypes of pain by comparing axial cLBP and other cLBP patients with radiculopathy and longitudinally study subacute LBP patients (sLBP) to investigate whether there is a unique imaging signature that differentiates patients who develop cLBP and those who recover from low back pain. Using [11C]Martinostat to understand HDAC expression changes in chronic pain patients will validate an epigenetic drug target, refine patient selection based on HDAC expression, and facilitate proof of mechanism in developing novel analgesics.

UG1-CA-189824-06S1
Implementing and Evaluating mHealth Pain Coping Skills Training Interventions to Improve Self-Management of Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors in “Real World” Clinical Practice Setting Clinical Research in Pain Management Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network NCI Wake Forest NCORP Research Base Lesser, Glenn Winston-Salem, NC 2019
FOA Title: NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Research Bases (UG1 Clinical Trial Required)
FOA Number: RFA-CA-18-015
Summary:

Pain Coping Skills Training (PCST) uses a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to teach patients cognitive and behavioral coping skills shown to reduce pain and pain interference (e.g., relaxation, distraction, cognitive restructuring, activity pacing). Randomized controlled trials show that PCST and similar CBT-based interventions, when delivered in a traditional in-person format, can improve pain and functioning in people with cancer and other conditions. Yet these interventions are underused in clinical care due to barriers such as high resource costs, a shortage of therapists trained to deliver them, and travel requirements for patients. This trial aims to deliver evidence-based behavioral pain interventions such as PCST with methods capable of overcoming barriers currently limiting patient access. This will be investigated using a two-arm trial comparing pain relief with the following interventions: painTRAINER in clinic with eight web-based follow-up sessions; enhanced usual care.

1UG3DA051241-01
Integrated Treatment for Veterans with Co-Occurring Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder Clinical Research in Pain Management Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network NIDA University of New Mexico VOWLES, KEVIN E Albuquerque, NM 2019
FOA Title: HEAL Initiative: Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network: Clinical Trial Planning and Implementation Cooperative Agreement (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Required)
FOA Number: RFA-NS-19-021
Summary:

Chronic pain is common, costly, and debilitating. Opioid prescription in the treatment of chronic pain is frequent and carries a consequent risk of poor treatment outcome, as well as higher morbidity and mortality in a clinically significant number of patients, particularly those who meet criteria for opioid dependence. Despite the alarming increases in prescription opiate misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD) nationally in the United States, there are few treatment options available that target both pain-related interference and OUD among patients with chronic pain. In military veterans, this issue is of particular importance as numerous reports indicate frequent use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, as well as increasing opioid-related problems. To date, there are no evidence-based treatment options that aim to both reduce pain interference while simultaneously addressing problematic opioid use. The overall aim of this study will be to determine the efficacy of an integrated psychosocial treatment in veterans with chronic pain who are taking buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. To achieve this aim, they will utilize a randomized design to assess the efficacy of two empirically supported interventions: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for chronic pain and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for substance use and misuse.