Pain is a pervasive problem in our society, affecting more than 100 million Americans and accounting for more than $600 billion in health care costs and lost productivity.

Current treatments for chronic pain are inadequate. In order to develop more effective therapies, the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) has an active clinical research program investigating the body’s response to pain and how chronic pain in particular changes the brain and central nervous system. 

The Division of Pain Medicine's clinical studies are making steady advances in our understanding of chronic pain, which in turn are helping us to develop better treatments. Ongoing studies are often reported in the popular press, including television, in magazines, journals, and newspapers.

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Press Mentions

Our work has been featured in the following publications

  • AP News
  • Anesthesiology News
  • AP News
  • BBC News
  • Bloomberg
  • Business Wire
  • CBC Radio
  • Clinical Pain Advisor
  • Consumer Reports
  • Discover Magazine
  • Forbes
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Healthline
  • Los Angeles Times
  • MedPage Today
  • MIT Technology Review
  • MSN Health & Fitness
  • National Pain Report
  • Nature
  • NBC Nightly News
  • New York Magazine
  • Newsweek
  • NPR
  • Pain Pathways Magazine
  • Palo Alto Weekly
  • Psychology Today
  • Reuters
  • San Francisco Business Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Scientific American
  • Stanford Medicine News
  • Stanford Medicine SCOPE
  • The Atlantic
  • The Guardian
  • The Herald
  • The Hill
  • The New York Times
  • TIME Magazine
  • USA Today
  • Vox
  • Wall Street Journal