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The Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) was established, with support from the Scottish Government, in 2009 to develop expertise in pain research for patient benefit.

A strong network of pain researchers, clinicians, third sector organisations, patient groups and other key stakeholders across Scotland support internationally competitive pain research. This covers the full scientific range, from laboratory to the community, and encompasses important clinical areas such as addiction, cancer, primary care, neuropathic pain and mental health. It ensures both clinical practice in managing chronic pain is informed by current research and that current research in chronic pain is relevant to clinical practice.

SPaRC has recently transitioned into NRS Pain and brings together around 200 researchers in multiple disciplines and areas together, to promote collaboration and to share and disseminate research activity and findings and helps:

  • develop a formal network of Principal Investigators/ active researchers across Scotland to provide an effective route for increasing multicentre studies, working with NHS Research Scotland, which will include assessment of novel interventions for chronic pain
  • strengthen research links within Scotland to foster academic collaboration and to address research gaps
  • deliver Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs) to share the latest Scottish pain research and network

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Dundee

There is an opportunity to join the Chronic Pain Research Group, University of Dundee (co-led by Profs Lesley Colvin and Blair Smith). This post is part of the Painstorm Consortium/ Advanced Pain Discovery Platform initiative, currently funded for a period of 34 months.

More details can be found at the University of Dundee, and for informal enquires please email or


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