Pain Research

The UC San Diego Center for Pain Medicine is an active and fruitful environment for both basic and clinical research with a demonstrated track record of pushing the limits of our knowledge of chronic pain conditions and their treatment.  Areas of active and past investigation include: 

  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Medical marijuana
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Vagal nerve stimulation
  • Intrathecal drug delivery

We currently have the following IRB-approved clinical research studies:

  1. Bisphosphonates for the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome type I
    -Enrolling patients recently diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS, RSD)
  2. Vagal nerve stimulation for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
    -Enrolling patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  3. Biomarkers of pain in patients with multiple sclerosis
    -Enrolling patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) who have severe pain, patients with multiple sclerosis who do not have pain, and healthy volunteers

If you are interested in participating in one of these clinical trials, please contact one of our study coordinators:

Katie Lam: (858) 822-0787
Lucinda Martin: (858) 822-0460