The Center for Translational Pain Medicine (CTPM) represents a novel entity that is transforming the way that we diagnose and treat painful conditions. A guiding principal of the CTPM, which is driving the discovery of new and innovative therapies, is the recognition that patients suffering from painful conditions require a multidisciplinary, multidimensional approach to diagnose the cause of a patient’s pain condition and to identify the most effective treatment. Research initiatives are underway that are rapidly unraveling the mysteries of pain. This new center will further expand Duke’s existing clinical and research program in innovative pain therapies by bringing together, under one umbrella, leading basic scientists, clinicians and clinical researchers who have a common core mission of unraveling the causes of painful conditions to better improve patient care.

Updates & Announcements

Controversies in Pain Medicine
April 28 – 30, 2017
Chapel Hill, NC

European Pain School (EPS 2017)
June 4 – 11, 2017
Pontignano (SI), Italy

Pain Journal Club
First Friday of the month
12 – 1 PM | GSRBI

The CTPM will incorporate basic science, clinical research, and pain management with three primary goals:

CTPM Research


Understanding the pathophysiological processes that mediate persistent pain conditions and translating new discoveries into clinical practice.

CTPM Education


Creating high-quality educational programming for clinical and research professionals and the public.


Patient Care

Providing high-quality comprehensive, primary and specialized care to individuals with a variety of acute and chronic pain conditions, including orofacial pain.

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