Improving understanding of pain mechanisms and developing safe and effective treatment options

The U of M Pain Consortium spans both collegiate and disciplinary boundaries at the University of Minnesota, including representation from the Medical School, the School of Dentistry, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Public Health, and the College of Education and Human Development. The U of M Pain Consortium provides the pain faculty a vehicle for carrying out some of the objectives of the International Association for the Study of Pain on a local level, including: 

* To foster and encourage research of pain mechanisms and pain syndromes and to help improve the management of patients with acute and chronic pain by bringing together basic scientists, physicians, and other health professionals of various disciplines and backgrounds who have interest in pain research and management. 

* To promote education and training in the field of pain. 

* To inform the general public of results and implications of current research in the area.