Program description: Persistent and recurrent pain disorders affect about 20-30% of children, with about 10% being severely disabled by their pain. Pain disrupts normal childhood development, impacts education, and affects the entire family. The chyp Pain Research Program aims to understand the neurobiological, psychological, and social causes and contributors to children’s pain conditions and develop novel treatments to enhance function and quality of life for these children and their families. The goal is to reduce the likelihood of childhood pain evolving into adult chronic pain. Genetics, psychophysiology, psychology, child development, and pediatrics are brought together to understand mechanisms of pain in children, as well as the roles of gender, age, puberty, and family in increasing or reducing risks for pain and disability. Psychological, psychosocial, and complementary therapies are studied to develop the most effective and economic treatments for children’s pain.
Mission: To reduce childhood chronic pain by advancing the science, practice and teaching of mind/body/social interactions and children’s health through interdisciplinary translational approaches, with the ultimate goal of improving the treatment of children, teens, and young adults with chronic and recurrent pain disorders.