Online Forum for Pain Researchers

November 9, 2011

by Pamela Katz Ressler, MS-PREP, RN, HN-BC, adjunct faculty Pain Research Education and Policy Program (PREP), Tufts University School of Medicine, and PREP-Aired blog moderator

Social media forums and online communities surrounding health topics are prevalent on the Internet.  The most frequent reason individuals seek medical care is pain; so it is not surprising that there are numerous of active pain-related  online communities.  Most of these communities are focused on pain conditions, treatment, advocacy and support of the individual living with chronic, persistent pain. In contrast to the robust nature of these pain-related online communities for patients and advocates, there has been a paucity of similar online communities for pain researchers and investigators.  The sharing of information and relevant research surrounding the complex nature of persistent pain has historically been relegated to periodic academic conferences and print publications researchers.  However, that may now be changing with the development of the Pain Research Forum.  Launched in June 2011 by  the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Science Collaboration Foundation,  the Pain Research Forum seeks to speed the translation of scientific knowledge into novel pain therapies by fostering the collaborative nature of an online community and by raising interest in pain research to a wider audience.

We in the Pain Research, Education, and Policy Program (PREP) at Tufts University School of Medicine applaud the collaborative nature of the Pain Research Forum and look forward to participating in this important pain research-based online community.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1.    Bryant  |  March 9th, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I am pleased to see that there exist such a place, I have had gout for a few years and deal with the pain everyday. I actually started participating in a gout study but was unable to complete it because of the conflict with my job.

    I will definitely stay up to date with this site.

  • 2.    Pamela Ressler  |  March 13th, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Thanks for joining in the conversation!

  • 3.    Mover  |  May 2nd, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    The purpose of existence of such communities is the natural need too be understood or to socialize with people who are going through the same painful stages- thus you will not feel alone with your diagnoses. Pain research can only explain you what is happening with your body, it can not be a cosolation.

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