The Use of Botanicals in Chronic Pain Research
New and innovative advances are needed in every area of pain research, from the molecular sciences to the behavioral/social sciences and in the translation of this research to improved healthcare. The project has two primary aims: 1) to bring to and further develop at Mizzou a convenient, tractable rodent model of radicular (back) pain suitable for molecular and behavioral studies of botanicals that mitigate and help indivduals manage chronic pain; and 2) to form a collaborative, interactive network of molecular, behavioral and plant scientists who will contribute to the identification, characterization and development of botanical medicines suitable for mitigating and managing chronic pain.
The Mizzou Advantage Seed Project-Use of Botanicals in Chronic Pain Research positions MU for an application to NIH PAR 10-163. The specific aims of the Use of Botanicals in Chronic Pain Research Seed Project are being completed in a timely manner (aim1: development of an animal model for studying botanicals; aim 2) development of a collaborative, interactive group of researchers interested in botanical and veterinary sciences. A successful application to PAR 10-163 is an important stepping-stone for future NIH-funded large interventional trials of botanicals used for chronic pain and for a successful application to an NIH-Funded Center of Excellence for Research on CAM for Chronic Pain Research.
For more information, contact William Folk at FolkW@missouri.edu or (573) 884-2921.
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