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NIH HEAL: Request for Information  

Published July 2024

Request for Information (RFI) from NIH HEAL seeks input from a wide range of perspectives and interest groups regarding research aimed at addressing unmet needs for pain management and cross-cutting research at the intersection of opioid use disorder/overdose and pain management. Please provide input by July 31, 2024, via email to with “HEAL RFI” in the subject line.

NIH Open Stage Webinar: Pain Funding Opportunities

Published June 2024

NINDS program staff will provide an overview of programs and funding opportunities supporting basic, translational, and clinical pain research & management through the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. Tuesday, June 25 at 1 pm ET - Zoom registration is required. 

A2CPS's Dixie Ecklund Named President of Society for Clinical Trials 

Published May 2024

Dixie Ecklund of the University of Iowa began her term as President of the Society for Clinical Trials at their recent annual meeting in Boston. Congratulations, Dixie! 

A2CPS Publishes Paper in PAIN

Published May 2024

The A2CPS Consortium has published a paper online, "Statistical modeling of acute and chronic pain patient-reported outcomes obtained from ecological momentary assessment," in the journal PAIN. The article is accompanied by a Commentary by Patrick Finan. Congrats, all! 


Published May 2024

The A2CPS Consortium was honored with the Golden Neuron Award for "Best Inclusion of People with Lived Experience" at the 2024 PURPOSE annual meeting. Our patient participants Errol Patterson (pictured) and Dawn Bowles have been invaluable to our research project. 

US ASP Meeting in Seattle

Published Mar 2024

The US Association for the Study of Pain (USASP) hosts its Annual Meeting in Seattle April 14-17. Catch up with A2CPS, and don't miss talks by investigators Tor Wager and John Burns. 

NIH Pain Consortium Symposium

Published Mar 2024

The NIH Pain Consortium holds their annal symposium May 30 - 31, 2024, at Natcher Auditorium at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. The theme this year is Sex and Gender Differences in the Neurobiology of Pain, its Experience and Management.​​​ 

PURPOSE 2nd Annual Meeting

Published Mar 2024

The NIH HEAL Initiative invites you to the second annual PURPOSE Meeting at the National Harbor in Maryland from May 3-5, 2024. The meeting provides learning experiences, networking, and collaborations for pain researchers and connects them with NIH Program Officers, mentors and collaborators.

A2CPS Consortium Gathers in Chicago

Published Feb 2024

The A2CPS Consortium will gather in person March 26-27, hosted by Rush University in Chicago. A2CPS investigators are currently analyzing our baseline data, which will become available to researchers via the NIMH Data Archive (NDA) platform in summer 2024. Stay tuned for details. 

AAOS Honors Dr. Joshua Jacobs

Published Feb 2024

A2CPS Investigator Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, FAAOS, was honored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) with its 2024 William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award, for his years of service to the profession and to his community. Congratulations, Dr. Jacobs! 

A2CPS Investigators Honored by HEAL

Published Feb 2024

The NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) Initiative has honored two A2CPS investigators, Dr. Kathleen Sluka at University of Iowa, and Dr. Daniel Clauw of University of Michigan, with their Mentorship Award. Congrats! 

A2CPS Reaches Major Milestones

Published Feb 2024

The Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures Consortium has reached two major milestones: 1,000 participants enrolled in the knee arthroplasty surgery cohort, AND 1,000 participants have undergone brain imaging. That puts A2CPS on track to become one of the largest and most comprehensive studies using brain imaging. Congrats, all!   

HEAL 5th Annual Meeting 

Published Jan 2024

The NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term® (HEAL) Initiative will bring together HEAL-funded researchers, patient and community partners/advisors, NIH leadership and scientific staff, federal officials, and other stakeholders for their Scientific Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, February 7-8, 2024, in Bethesda, Maryland. Recordings will become available. 

A2CPS Journal Club with Kimberly Sibille, PhD

Published November 2023

Please join A2CPS for our next Journal Club Thurs Dec 7 at noon ET. Kimberly Sibille, PhD, of the University of Florida, will present Whole Person Biomarkers: Elucidating Individual Differences in Chronic Pain, recently published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity with Angela Mickle, PhD, and Jared Tanner, PhD. Register here for free. 

A2CPS Journal Club with Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD

Published Oct 2023

Please join us for Journal Club featuring Stephan Frangakis, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan on Thursday, Oct 19 at 2 pm ET. Dr. Frangakis's talk is Genetic Associations with Postsurgical Pain, following his recent publication in Anesthesiology. This event is free and open to the public with registration.  

Funding Opportunities from NIH's HEAL 

Published September 2023

The NIH announces two new funding opportunities in the HEAL KIDS (Knowledge, Innovation and Discovery Studies) Pain Program Resource and Data Center. These funding opportunities are part of the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative. Learn more here and here

A2CPS on The Pain Beat

Published September 2023

The Pain Beat is a podcast hosted by the Pain Research Forum featuring conversations with pain researchers. Hear our conversation on The Pain Beat including A2CPS investigators! 

A2CPS Featured on the Pain Research Forum

Published August 2023

A2CPS is featured in an article on the Pain Research Forum. The article includes our "Video Abstract" of the paper, a 5-minute video packed with information about A2CPS. (Also posted on our Home page, to your right!) 

A2CPS Journal Club Aug 31

Published August 2023

A2CPS presents our Journal Club meeting on Thursday, Aug 31 at noon ET, open to all with free registration. Join the discussion following a presentation from Prasad Shirkalvar, MD, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, discussing his recent work published in Nature Neuroscience. 

A2CPS Investigator awarded grant

Published August 2023

Kudos to A2CPS investigator Qingfei Luo, PhD, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Luo recently won an R03 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), which he will use to develop a new algorithm for image distortion correction in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies. 

A2CPS Publishes in PAIN

Published June 2023

A2CPS is proud to share our latest publication, a Comprehensive Review published in PAIN, the journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain. We review biomarkers of pain from the literature and lay out our plan to identify biosignatures of chronic postsurgical pain. 

NIH 18th Annual Pain Consortium Symposium

Published May 2023

On June 6th - 7th, the NIH Pain Consortium will convene the 18th Annual Pain Consortium Symposium on Advances in Pain Research: Resilience and Pathways to Recovery in Bethesda, MD. Keynote speaker will be Afton Hasset, PsyD, of University of Michigan. Free registration (including virtual access) and more information available here

1st Annual PURPOSE Meeting

Published April 2023

Have you joined the new PURPOSE network yet? It's the NIH HEAL Initiative's Coordinating Center for National Pain Scientists (CCNPS). PURPOSE stands for "Positively Uniting Researchers of Pain to Opine, Synthesize, & Engage." Join them for their first meeting at the National Harbor in Maryland May 11 - 13, in person or virtually. Register now for membership in PURPOSE to join the meeting. 

2023 Society for Clinical Trials Meeting 

Published April 2023

Join A2CPS Investigators at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) in Baltimore May 21 - 24. Dixie Ecklund of A2CPS's Clinical Coordinating Center at the University of Iowa chairs a session titled “Increasing Demographic Representation of Participants in NIH HEAL-funded studies: Experiences from the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures (A2CPS) Program and others. Presenters include A2CPS members Laura Wandner, PhD (NIH) and Giovanni Berardi, PhD (U Iowa). Register now. 


A2CPS Journal Club April 27

Published March 2023

Join A2CPS for our next Journal Club featuring Eva Kosek, MD, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on Thursday April 27 at noon ET. The title of Professor Kosek's talk is "Neuroimmune Signatures and Interactions in Chronic Pain." This event is open to members of the public; please register here

US Association for the Study of Pain (ASP) Meeting

Published March 2023

The US ASP 2023 meeting will be held April 11 - 14 at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC. Be sure to catch up with A2CPS investigators Kathleen Sluka, Emine Bayman, Laura Frey-Law, Giovanni Berardi, Steve Harte, Rick Harris, Dave Williams and Stephani Sutherland. Bayman will present a poster on A2CPS Thoracic Enrollment, and Sutherland will present at the Early Career Forum. Register now, and come say hi! 

IASP Pain and Placebo SIG Webinar

Published March 2023

Join this free IASP Webinar meeting of the Pain and Placebo Special Interest Group (SIG) featuring A2CPS Investigator Tor Wager, PhD, of Dartmouth College and Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, of the University of Maryland. March 30, 2023 at 1 pm ET - Register here. This webinar will explore fundamental questions related to pain, such as assessing how similar pain, desire, and emotion are in their biological mechanisms and if a change in thinking can alter sensory perception and/or disease-relevant physiology.


Translational Research Conference

Published February 2023

 AnaBios presents the inaugural Translational Research Conference Feb 27 - 28 in San Diego, CA. Top researchers and scientists in translational science–from cardiac research to neuroscience–will gather to discuss innovations in preclinical drug discovery that can help improve clinical outcomes, including in chronic pain. Keynote speakers include Ted Price, PhD, of University of Texas, Dallas, and Kalyanam Shivkumar, PhD, of University of California, Los Angeles. Also attending will be A2CPS Communications Director Stephani Sutherland. Register here and follow the action at #TRC23. 

American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (APTA CSM)

Published February 2023

Join A2CPS investigators Dana Dailey, Carol Vance, Giovanni Berardi and Kathleen Sluka at the APTA Combined Sessions Meeting Feb 22 - 25 in San Diego. Dailey and Vance present a seminar, "To Treat or Not to Treat? Which Clients Would You Consider for Electrical Stimulation?" on Friday, February 24. #APTACSM2023

San Diego Pain Summit

Published January 2023

The San Diego Pain Summit is a multidisciplinary pain management conference to help clinicians translate pain research into clinical practice. Join a diverse group of pain researchers, clincians and patients in beautiful San Diego, California February 14 - 19, 2023 at The Dana at Mission Bay. On Sat Feb 18 at 9 am, A2CPS Principal Investigator Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD, FAPTA, will deliver the Keynote address: “The Science of Exercise for Pain Control: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications.” Register here!

Funding Opportunity from the NIH Common Fund

Published January 2023

Several valuable and widely available data sets have been generated by multiple Common Fund programs. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to announce the availability of funding to demonstrate and enhance the utility of selected Common Fund ( data sets, including generating hypotheses and catalyzing discoveries. Award recipients are asked to provide feedback on the utility of the Common Fund data resources. Deadline is February 3, 2023. 


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.

New Multisite Clinical Center

Published December 2020

A group from the University of Michigan has been chosen to lead the second A2CPS Multisite Clinical Center. They will study 1,800 individuals scheduled for thoracic surgery. Welcome to the A2CPS team!

2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award

Published September 2020

Dr. Ari Kahn (DIRC) has been selected to receive the 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award. The award recognizes his pivotal contributions to the establishment and success of the Cancer Genome Atlas project. Congratulations, Dr. Kahn!

New Paper in Nature Reviews Neurology

Published June 2020

Dr. Tor Wager (DIRC) has published a new consensus paper on pain biomarkers based on imaging, omics, and more! Read all about it in Nature Reviews Neurology.

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