At the Pain Management Research Centre, our vision is to be a global leader in comprehensive pain management solutions. We strive to achieve this by undertaking cutting-edge research and delivering education and training to clinicians caring for people with chronic pain.
Since our inception in 1991, we have focused on patient advocacy and integrating our research and training with clinical services. Through this process, the latest research can inform future care.
The Pain Management Research Centre is part of the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine and Health. It has academic and lab space within the Kolling Institute building, as well as facilities in the Douglas building at Royal North Shore Hospital.
From here, our clinical research is undertaken alongside the nationally and internationally-recognised pain education program. Patients with acute pain, cancer pain and chronic non-cancer pain receive treatment in collaboration with the Michael J Cousins’ Pain Management & Research Centre.
Chair in Pain Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Director, Pain Management Research Centre
Head, Discipline of Pain Medicine, Sydney Medical School
Visiting Medical Officer
Postdoctoral Scientist and Educator
Vanessa Mitchell - Research Officer
Margaret (Meg) Bruce - Research Project Manager
Rebecca Power - Research Assistant
Dr Daniel Costa - Statistician and Researcher
Eddy Sokalai - PhD Student
Michael Magee - PhD Student
Caitlin Fenech - PhD student
Saima (Lamisa) Sadia – Research Assistant
Kristen Anderson - Honours Student
Liem Nguyen - Honours Student
Jonathan Tan - Honours Student
Thomas Whelan-Young - MD Research Student
Frances Osler - MD Research Student
For over five years, the Pain Management Research Institute has been designated as the lead site for pain research in NSW by the Ministry of Health. We have provided ongoing leadership of the Pain Management Network of the Agency of Clinical Innovation. Our researchers collaborate with other centres within the Kolling Institute and across the University of Sydney, such as the Sydney Musculoskeletal Network, the Brain & Mind Centre and the Cancer Research Network. Our network extends nationally and internationally.
With additional funding, Pain Management Research Institute researchers plan to undertake the following projects to:
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