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Using neuroimaging to predict chronic pain and medication use

Chronic pain impacts one in every five people in the United States. In this study, we are using brain imaging technologies to better understand chronic pain and to help inform future efforts to develop more effective, personalized treatment strategies for people affected by chronic pain. Specifically, we are interested in seeing whether measures of brain activity can predict future pain and pain medication use. For this study, we are recruiting individuals who are willing to be scanned using functional MRI and to fill out monthly surveys over 6 months.


For more information contact:

Lauren Ericksen

IRB#: IRB_00128585 | PI: Tiffany Love | Department: PSYCHIATRY | Approval Date: 2020-02-12 06:14:00
Study Categories: Mental Health and Well-being Studies | Specialties: Pain Management

Who can participate?

 Gender: All

 Age: Over 18 years old

 Volunteers: Volunteers with special conditions

 Location: In Person

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged 18-65
  • Currently diagnosed with a chronic pain condition
  • Are currently taking an opioid medication to treat your pain and have been on opioid medications for at least 90 days
  • Can lie still on your back for 1 to 1.5 hours

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to tolerate the scanning procedures or would be unfit for scanning purposes (e.g., claustrophobic, unable to lie still for the duration of the scan)
  • Current diagnosis of¬†cancer
  • Abnormal brain MRI (except due to technical factors)
  • Current or past diagnosis of psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, or antisocial personality disorder

Will I be paid for my time?


Last Updated: 4/5/21