Connecticut Pain Consortium
University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, and Pharmacy, and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX) have announced the creation of the Connecticut Pain Consortium (CTPC), a translational pain research and education collaboration which is the first of its kind in Connecticut. The CTPC's focus is a problem of national importance: the need for fundamental and translational research on the causes and manifestations of pain, pain management, and education about pain and its ramifications.
The CTPC is examining this critical medical issue through several specific initiatives:
- Establishing a portal for pain-related data in Connecticut
- Providing a platform for basic and translational pain research collaborations that helps leverage state and national resources
- Leveraging research to provide cutting-edge pain management solutions in clinical and population health settings
- Raising awareness about the many facets of pain, its management, and the many possible related ramifications, such as opioid addiction
- Developing a curriculum around pain research and management for health care providers
- Facilitation of pain research across scales, bringing together interdisciplinary teams
The consortium is led by Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher, a joint faculty member at UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory, who also serves as Director of the Center for Quantitative Medicine at UConn Health.