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Center for Pain Research and Innovation


Neurosensory disorders affect the lives of millions of people. They include conditions such as:

The Center for Pain Research and Innovation, based in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, researches and treats the pain and dysfunction associated with these disorders. Our members are highly accomplished scientists, clinicians and educators who share a common goal: to diminish the suffering that these disorders inflict on a large segment of our population.

Our Mission

The Center for Pain Research and Innovation has a mission directing each of its components: research, education and patient care.

Research mission:

To understand the pathophysiological processes that mediate persistent pain conditions and to translate new discoveries into clinical practice and procedures in order to improve diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic pain conditions. The center’s research activities are conducted in a large multidisciplinary environment and focus on genetic, environmental, biological and psychological risk factors or determinates contributing to the onset and persistence of chronic pain conditions and related sensory disorders. A major emphasis of this center is in the area of pain genomics.

Educational mission:

To conduct high-quality educational programs for professional, doctoral and postdoctoral students, practicing health care providers, and the public. The center fosters learning related to the basic, behavioral and clinical sciences as this knowledge relates to understanding and treating neurosensory disorders. The center prepares trainees in several disciplines to provide research and clinical services through varied settings, primarily in service to the people of North Carolina.

Patient care mission:

To provide high-quality comprehensive, primary and specialized care to individuals with a variety of chronic pain conditions. Patient care enhances the center’s educational programs and supports our research and clinical research efforts.