View featured activities and resources about pain awareness and Pain Awareness Month.

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Migraine Awareness Infographic(pdf, 388 KB)

Migraine is more than a headache. Learn about migraine research with our new infographic.


Dr. Walter Koroshetz

2021 Director's Message

Check  out the latest Director’s Message from Dr. Walter Koroshetz, where he reflects on the experience of pain beyond its physical sensation.

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has sharply increased our awareness of inequalities and inequities in health across the US, the NIH pain research community is striving to develop more effective treatments for chronic pain that can reduce the suffering of millions of people from all walks of life.

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Follow us throughout the month of September for updates from the NIH Pain Research Community. 


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December 18, 2020

2021 - Interview with Chronic Pain Patient Konnie Snyder

Chronic pain, an unpleasant signal indicating that something hurts, affects millions of Americans every year. It is a complex experience and differs greatly from individual to individual, even between those with similar injuries and/or illnesses. There are some who live with chronic pain for years without knowing what’s causing it or having any way to treat it. This is what Konnie Snyder has experienced every day for the past six and a half years.

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September 30, 2020

2020 - Interview with Migraine Patient Athena Knight

Imagine having headaches so painful that they affect your life so profoundly you cannot make it through the day. All you can do is seek out a dark, quiet room and wait, hoping the pain will eventually subside. Athena Knight is one of the roughly 12 percent of the United States population living with migraines, and hers have become increasingly painful over the course of more than 20 years. She was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about her personal experiences with migraine and other chronic pain conditions and to offer advice for others who live with migraine pain.

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September 01, 2020

2020 - Fully Engaged: The Importance of Involving Patients in Research

The Helping to End Addiction Long-term InitiativeSM, or NIH HEAL InitiativeSM is dedicated to patient engagement that can help bridge the gap between a treatment’s efficacy and effectiveness.

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2019- WEBINAR SERIES: Sickle Cell Science: Path to Progress

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. 

WEBINAR SERIES: Sickle Cell Science: Path to Progress

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2019 - Q & A with Dr. Robert Kerns

Read an interview with Dr. Robert Kerns, a current member of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee.

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2019 - Cancer Physician Data Query

Physician Data Query (PDQ) is the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) comprehensive cancer information database. The PDQ database contains summaries of the latest published information on cancer prevention, detection, genetics, treatment, supportive care, and complementary and alternative medicine.

Doctor Walter Koroshetz

2019- NINDS Directors message

Read Dr. Koroshetz's message concerning Pain Awareness month 2019 , federally-supported pain research and the NIH HEAL Initiative.


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