NeuRA and the University of Alabama receive research grant for the study of pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has awarded its 2018 Collaborative Research Grants of US$15,000 to two global teams. One of the research teams awarded the grant is led by NeuRA’s Dr Sylvia Gustin and Dr Zina Trost from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. They successfully proposed the following research project: Identifying Cortical Mechanisms of Virtual Reality Walking Intervention for Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury.


Approximately 70 per cent of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) report pain; a third describe pain as debilitating.


The proposed project seeks to address important gaps in research by assembling a multidisciplinary team of experts in basic neuroscience and clinical approaches to SCI neuropathic pain to collect critical pilot data regarding the efficacy and potential cortical mechanisms of an advanced interactive virtual reality (VR) walking intervention.


The IASP Collaborative Research Grant will facilitate the essential synchronisation of protocol, VR, and neuroimaging capabilities necessary to collect pilot data across study sites


NeuRA would like to congratulate Dr Gustin and Dr Trost. We look forward to hearing more about their work.