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Monday, October 31, 2011

The meeting was attended by co-chairs of the Pain Consortium Executive Committee and program staff from across the participating ICs.

Dr. John Kusiak (NIDCR) informed the attendees that the Pain Consortium meetings would move to a more frequent quarterly schedule (January, April, July, and October).

Dr. Amy Adams (NIDCR) provided an update on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The committee members are expected to be officially appointed by November 2011. The first public meeting of the committee will be held on March 27, 2012 and information about the meeting posted on the federal register. Prior to the meeting, a data call to all the IPRCC federal member agencies will collect information on pain-related activities funded by the agencies.

Dr. Dave Thomas (NIDA) shared updates on the NIH Pain Consortium’s Centers of Excellence for Pain Education (CoEPEs) initiative and introduced Dr. Donna Messersmith from Palladian Partners, Inc as the new Project Director for the initiative. The Uniformed Services University will assist with course content, while comprehensive curriculum resources will be available online on a common platform housed at the Pain Consortium website or an independent website. Two subcommittee meetings will be held in October 2011 and next steps include release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) in December 2011, followed by review, awarding of proposals, and the official launch. The following discussion focused on engaging relevant stakeholders in the initiative and maintaining up-to-date course content.

Dr. John Glowa (NCCAM) informed members that as recommended by the Chronic Low Back Pain Steering Committee report, the Chronic Low Back Pain working group was in the process of establishing research diagnostic criteria models for chronic lower back pain with two new co-chairs serving on the task force.

Dr. Linda Porter (NINDS) led a discussion about changes to the Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium format to encourage more interaction among participants, allow more in-depth focus on pain topics, as well as attract and integrate poster presenters with the overall meeting. The 2012 Pain Consortium Symposium will span 1.5 days and will be held in conjunction with a FDA meeting on opioid efficacy. Dr. Porter also mentioned that NIH representatives and American Pain Society-funded researchers met to discuss methodologies for estimating NIH funding in pain research.

Dr. Andrea Sawczuk (NCRR) provided an update on activities of the CTSA Pain Researchers Interest Group (CPRIG). The first CPRIG Annual Report highlighted the NCRR/CTSA Spring Pain Meeting titled “Collaborating with CTSAs to Support Pain Research” held in conjunction with the 2011 NIH Pain Consortium Symposium as well as the 4 hour workshop on “Partnering with the CTSAs to Support Phenotyping and Genotyping Pain Research” held at the 2011 Annual American Pain Society Meeting. CPRIG holds monthly meetings with presentations on NCRR resources and the November meeting will focus on imaging.

Dr. Harvey Luksenburg (NHLBI) reported on the “Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain in Sickle Cell Disease Workshop” held on September 21, 2011. Investigators from the Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network and the Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment (OPPERA) study presented information on their study structures to 40 workshop attendees. The workshop provided an overview of pain in adults and children, epidemiology and neurobiology of sickle cell pain, as well as ways to set up phenotyping protocols and small-scale pilot projects. Dr. Luksenburg closed by saying that the effort will continue to consult with MAPP and OPPERA investigators in the future.

Dr. John Kusiak (NIDCR) informed the Consortium members that the Trans-NIH Working Group on Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions currently consists of representatives from 12 ICs and will hold its first meeting on November 18th, 2011. The working group plans to hold a workshop on research diagnostic criteria for overlapping chronic pain conditions as well as individual chronic pain disorders in summer 2012.

Dr. Nora Volkow (Director, NIDA) introduced a proposal to develop a national pain registry.