Explore our Current Studies

We have a number of active research studies, and we always need the help of individuals with chronic pain and those without chronic pain.

Please review our active studies below. Click the project link to learn more about each study and to find out if you are eligible.

Low-Dose Naltrexone for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

Study procedures and treatment are at no cost and participants may receive compensation for participation.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Stanford Systems and Neuroscience Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) has just launched a new study to test if Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, can reduce pain related to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).


The Effective Management of Pain and Opioid-Free Ways to Enhance Relief (EMPOWER) Study utilizes proven methods to deliver optimal patient care. It is a multi-state project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). We are comparing ways to help patients who take prescription opioids for chronic pain reduce their health risks without increasing their pain!

Mood and Postoperative Pain (MAP-Pain)

The Mood and Postoperative Pain Study (MAP-Pain) is a large research study of patients undergoing surgery. This trial follows patients throughout their recovery process comparing an intervention with enhanced usual care. This is a randomized, controlled trial – this means that some patients will receive the study intervention and other patients will receive usual care.

MRI Scan for Chronic Lower Back Pain (Currently Taking Opioids)

We are trying to learn how chronic pain and long-term opioid usage affect the brain’s response to pain, and need your help!

PET-MRI Scan for Chronic Lower Back Pain

The aim of this study is to examine the effect of chronic low back pain and pain medication on the brain. Participants will undergo neuropsychological testing, neurosensory testing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or positron emission tomography (PET) and complete surveys.

Brain and Spinal Cord MRI for Cervical Radiculopathy

We are recruiting participants with a primary complaint of chronic neck pain and a pinched nerve in the neck (cervical radiculopathy).


Chronic Pain (Currently Taking Opioids)

The goal of our single session class is to teach you pain management skills and possibly reduce your medication use.



The VALUE Study aims to bring forward the patient voice and experience about prescription opioids to inform future research.


Not sure what study you are eligible for? Fill out our general survey here.