Ongoing IMI projects
Understanding Chronic pain and improving its treatment
The EUROPAIN project aims to improve the treatment of patients with chronic pain. The scientists will search for changes in the nervous system and the mechanisms that contribute to pain, using novel experimental models, human volunteers and clinical data of pain patients. They will search objective methods to measure pain in patients and they will examine the mechanisms that are activated by placebo (‘fake’) pain medication.
The scientists will also examine how genetic factors, depression or anxiety, and psycho-social factors increase the risk of developing chronic pain, as well as the influence of gender on pain.