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Center for Pain Studies

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Pain Studies was founded in 1976 by Robert G. Addison, MD, to support and develop research in the field of pain. From 1985 to 1993 clinical activities of the Center for Pain Studies were further developed by Dr. Richard Blonsky.

In 1993, research became a primary focus of the Center when Dr. Norman Harden became the director. In 1998 he was awarded the Addison Chair in Pain Studies. In 2000 he founded the Center for Pain Management and in 2002 hired Dr. Steven Stanos to manage the clinical center.

RIC's pain research arm

Since that time the RIC Center for Pain Studies has existed as a “stand-alone” research center, operating in close collaboration with the RIC Center for Pain Management with its new medical director, Dr. Jim Atchison.

The RIC Center for Pain Studies uses the latest tools in chronic pain research to examine quantitative and qualitative aspects of the human pain response.

Current projects include research in osteoarthritis pain (degenerative joint disease), complex regional pain syndrome, amputee/phantom limb pain, pain associated with spinal cord injuries, neuropathic pain, low back pain, and functional outcomes in the treatment of chronic pain.

Research protocols include multicenter medication trials, investigator-initiated studies of novel pharmacotherapeutic agents, and independent research initiatives in understanding central and peripheral physiological processes associated with a variety of pain conditions.