Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures Investigator Awarded NIH Funding

Published November 2021

Congratulations to Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) Consortium member Giovanni Berardi, DPT, PhD, who was recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health’s HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative. The NIH HEAL InitiativeSM is aimed at improving prevention and treatment strategies for both opioid abuse and chronic pain.

The HEAL Career Advancement Supplement will provide Dr. Berardi with salary support for two years of postdoctoral training within the A2CPS Consortium, working with Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Principal Investigator of the A2CPS Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) at the University of Iowa. Dr. Berardi, whose work has focused on understanding chronic pain and improving non-pharmacological rehabilitation strategies, is a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue my training within the A2CPS Consortium and work collaboratively with experts in a wide range of fields – a real strength of the Consortium,” Dr. Berardi said. “This opportunity provides invaluable training early in my career as a clinical pain researcher.”

Dr. Berardi’s training within the A2CPS Consortium will help him develop the skills necessary to conduct and coordinate multi-site cohort studies, including knowledge about omics datasets, complex statistical methods to analyze large datasets, and innovations in data sharing with the scientific community. This training will expand upon Dr. Berardi’s prior clinical experience as a physical therapist focused on the management of chronic pain and research training directed towards understanding the influence of biopsychosocial factors and resistance exercise on pain and fatigue.

The HEAL initiative and the A2CPS Consortium are complementary but separate projects, often working hand-in-hand toward shared goals. A2CPS is an NIH Common Fund project, which is run by the Office of the Director. This project is funded by the National Institutes of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS) of the NIH under Award Number NS112873-03S2.