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 Opportunities
Two great opportunities to work in the Chronic Pain Research Group (CPRG) as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant. The CPRG is base in the University of Dundee, with an exciting range of projects.
PAINSTORM WP2 - Recruitment
Do you live with Neuropathic Pain? Would you be willing to help us explore what it’s like living with Neuropathic Pain?
Find out more about the by clicking here, or contact: Dr Kevin Stelfox 01224 437269 for more information.
- Pain Research Network Lead/SPaRC Steering Committee Chair, Professor Lesley Colvin
- Pain Deputy Clinical Leader, Professor Gary MacFarlane
- National Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain, Dr Nicola Rhind
- National Pain Portfolio Performance Manager, Jacqui Pearson
- To join our mailing list (or advise of a change in email contact for the mailing list) please contact, Jacqui Pearson
A multi-disciplinary membership representing a wide range of expertise
NRS Pain developments
Developments and successes from across the NRS Pain community
The latest publications from across the pain research community
Useful links and resources for researchers and patients