Explore our Current Studies

We have a number of research studies being conducted and we always need the help of both individuals with chronic pain, and individuals without chronic pain. The studies we are currently conducting are summarized in the table below.

You can contact the individual listed below, or click the button below to learn more about what research studies may be a good match for you.

Low-Dose Naltrexone for CRPS

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



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 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!

MAP-Pain : Mood and Postoperative 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. Funding for this study is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

MRI Scan for Chronic Lower Back Pain

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