Grants Will be Used to Address Chronic Pain Epidemic

Nov 24, 2015

Jijun Xu, MD, PhD, provided an update on his grant project on November 21st at the 14th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting in Miami, FL.

ASRA has received grants totaling $270,000 earmarked for the ASRA Chronic Pain Research Grant. St. Jude Medical Foundation has pledged a three-year grant totaling $150,000, Medtronic has pledged a grant of $100,000, with half being provided in 2015 and the balance in 2017, and Stryker has provided a $20,000 grant.

The Chronic Pain Research Grant supports studies in pain medicine that will guide clinical practice for physicians and improve patient health. With chronic pain becoming an increasing problem among Americans, combined with the public health crisis of undertreated pain, the need for this work is critical. Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million people and has a significant impact on nearly every aspect of our society, from economic and social to psychological and emotional.

“We are delighted to be the recipients of these three awards as they illustrate the projection and trust that ASRA has among industry involved in therapies for pain management,” said ASRA President Oscar de Leon-Casasola, MD.

The Chronic Pain Research Grant is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. The next submission process will open in 2017.

“The ASRA Board will make sure that these monies are invested in projects that will have outcome implications for the many patients who suffer pain in the world so that our members and their patients may benefit from the information derived from these future studies,” de Leon-Casasola said.

ASRA is committed to being a leader in chronic pain education and research through a sustained effort to produce high-quality, outcomes-based research. With the support of organizations like St. Jude Medical Foundation, Medtronic, and Stryker, the Chronic Pain Research Grant will help researchers find the best approaches to prevention, treatment, and management of chronic pain, ultimately benefiting our entire healthcare system.