Funded Projects

Project # Project Title Sort descending Research Focus Area Research Program Administering IC(s) Institution(s) Investigator(s) Location(s) Year Awarded
1UG3NS113988-01
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.