Chronic pain affects the lives of many people. These pains can last for months or years and reduce the sufferers quality of life and can lead to secondary symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Our ability to treat these chronic pain states is currently limited.
The London Pain Consortium
was formed in June 2002 by a grant from the Wellcome Trust, under its Integrative Animal and Human Physiology Initiative (IAHP). The purpose of the consortium is to undertake internationally competitive research in pain research and to train scientists in the integrative physiology and genomics of pain.
Our research focuses on the genomics of pain at several levels, including transcriptional profiling and the establishment of a pain database, the study of transgenic mice and the evaluation of pain sensitivity in people (more details).
In 2008 the London Pain Consortium was re-funded for a further 5 years under the Wellcome Trust Strategic Awards (more details).
Our training programme includes a 4 year PhD scheme, multidisciplinary post-doctoral fellowships, Ph.D. training for clinicians and opportunities for summer students (more details