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An article on the website of The University of Bristol said chronic pain is a major global public health challenge that causes significant disability. A new research consortium and national chronic pain data hub could improve outcomes for the many people living with painful and debilitating conditions, such as fibromyalgia, lower back pain, headaches and migraines, thanks to a joint £14 million grant from UKRI and Versus Arthritis.

he consortium and hub is a joint and equal investment from UKRI and Versus Arthritis. For UKRI, the initiative is led by the Medical Research Council, with support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The new Advanced Pain Discovery Platform will see four new research consortium and a national chronic pain data hub.  One of the projects, a four-year £3.8 million study focusing on the psychosocial aspect of chronic pain, will be led by the University of Bath and involve researchers from the universities of Bristol, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Keele, Royal Holloway, University College London, and UWE Bristol.

The project will study the psychological and social factors that influence people’s experience of pain. To date, researchers understanding of their relative importance is limited and little is known how psychosocial factors influence biological signals of pain.

The work being carried out by Bristol researchers will also include the use of data from the world-renowned health study Children of the Nineties. Researchers will ask people taking part in the study to tell them about their pain, and will find out how many are living with pain as well as the impact that this has on their daily lives including, mental health, relationships, social lives, work and other important details. By looking at how daily life and pain are connected, the research team will have a clearer understanding of what it means to live with pain, and what could help in the management of their pain.

Professor Ed Keogh of the Bath Centre for Pain Research at the University of Bath, and consortium lead and principal investigator, explained: “Chronic pain is incredibly common and can be highly debilitating. With one in five of us experiencing chronic pain, this new research funding provides a much needed and timely opportunity to understand better how chronic pain develops and is maintained.

For more about the project and wider UKRI and Versus Arthritis funding, visit: https://www.ukri.org/news/new-data-hub-and-research-into-chronic-pain/

Source : University of Bristol


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