NIH encourages applications for research studies of neuropathic pain or neural plasticity to promote collaborative pain research. This announcement is made together with 16 other NIH components and is affiliated with the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.
The Blueprint is a framework to enhance cooperative activities among the 16 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices that support research on the nervous system.
Pain conditions are a major health problem in the United States. These conditions lead to a reduced quality of life for millions of Americans. Chronic neuropathic pain conditions are especially difficult to treat. The goal of this initiative is to partner pain scientists with non-pain neuroscientists to capture insights and expertise from disciplines where transitions from health to disease have been extensively examined. An expected outcome is the development of new collaborations focused on understanding the maladaptive neuroplastic changes that occur during the transition from acute to chronic neuropathic pain.
Application Receipt Date is November 23, 2009.
Potential applicants should contact Dr. John Kusiak, Division of Extramural Research, NIDCR; telephone: 301-594-7984; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-264.html.