Pain Profiles

Discovering Molecules Associated with Pain

We do not understand pain.

Due to the large number of Americans in pain, the scientific/medical community needs to better understand, monitor, and treat pain. We lack the tools to measure pain and can’t determine when people are in pain, whether the pain medication is effective or when addiction to pain medication becomes a problem.

Our Goals.

The overall objective of our project is to develop an assay to rapidly and reliably detect biomarkers associated with pain.  Pain biomarkers that can aid physicians in helping patients manage pain would be an enormous contribution to medicine. In addition, the biomarker panel may allow the better understanding of pain that may lead to new therapy.

More than a blood test

During our research, we found that pain is much more complicated than anticipated. We developed tools to evaluate pain for research purposes and these tools are used with our blood test.

Keeping costs down

The test is currently offered as a research grade assay for use by the scientific community. Revenue from the research grade assay will be used to develop the test as an aid for chronic pain management. Grants and sales help us keep costs down. Average costs for developing a medical device can range between $31 million to $94 million. Help us maintain low costs.

Acknowledgment

This work was supported by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under Contract No. W81XWH-13-C-0091. The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy or decision unless so designated by other documentationts.

This test is intended to be used by scientists for research purposes only.

This work was supported by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under Contract No. W81XWH-13-C-0091. The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of the Army position, policy or decision unless so designated by other documentation.

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