Research News

Congratulations to Drs. Brandon Togioka, Derick Du Vivier and Emily Young for their article "Diversity and Discrimination in Healthcare" published in National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Congratulations to Drs. Zheyan Jenny Chen and Leila Zuo whose Problem Based Learning Discussion titled "Converting labor epidural analgesia to cesarean delivery anesthesia: a case of a good epidural gone bad," has been accepted for presentation at Anesthesiology 2021.

Congratulations to Drs. Sandy Christiansen and Andrei Sdrulla who will begin a large multi-center trial funded through the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative this month. The Sequential Treatments for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain (SKOAP) study seeks to determine the comparative-effectiveness of conservative behavioral and non‑opioid pharmacological treatments (Phase 1) and more aggressive interventional treatments (Phase 2) to improve pain and function in participants with knee osteoarthritis. The total study duration is anticipated to be 4 years. This is a very significant collaboration for OHSU and has the potential to impact treatment for pathology that affects a large proportion of the population. This grant reinforces OHSU's strong national reputation in pain medicine and the research expertise of Drs. Christiansen and Sdrulla.

Congratulations to Drs. Scott Mist, Jim Carson, and Kim Mauer for receiving an investigator-initiated grant from the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company. The primary aim of this project is to create a patient-provider shared decision-making tool for outpatient pain management. Drs. Mist, Carson, and Mauer will be gathering information from patients with a primary diagnosis of osteoarthritis that receives care in the Comprehensive Pain Center. They will gather information on how patients make treatment decisions regarding complementing their medical treatment with integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, cognitive-behavioral therapy, massage therapy, rolfing therapy, chiropractic treatment, and naturopathic treatment. The project will also investigate whether there are treatment trajectories that have improved outcomes in terms of pain, mood, and daily functioning. This is another fantastic research accomplishment for the OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center. It validates OHSU’s national reputation as a leading institution in integrative pain management and research.