Michael Ferraro is a clinical researcher and trial manager for the MEMOIR clinical trial. He is member of the Centre for Pain IMPACT, led by Associate Professor James McAuley. Michael’s interests include prognosis research, in particular, the use of prognostic models, which combine multiple patient characteristics to provide individualised risk predictions. He is also interested in the use of medicines for pain and the combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to improve patient outcomes. Michael’s research has been presented both nationally and internationally.
In the MEMOIR trial, Michael will be investigating the efficacy and effectiveness of two novel treatments for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a disabling pain disorder, affecting approximately 5,000 people in Australia annually. It is characterised by severe burning, stinging and stabbing pain. People with CRPS are unable to use their painful limb and their ability to work or participate in normal social activities is severely restricted. Currently, there are no effective treatments for CRPS.
The MEMOIR Trial is a Commonwealth Government-funded, randomised controlled trial testing two novel treatments for CRPS. MEMOIR will test whether a drug, memantine, and a rehabilitation program, Graded Motor Imagery (GMI), produce greater improvements in pain intensity and function than placebo and standard care for CRPS.
The MEMOIR trial will be delivered remotely, via Telehealth, allowing Australia-wide recruitment of participants. Recruitment for MEMOIR will begin in early 2021. If you are interested in being contacted once recruitment has begun, please enter your details below.
MEMOIR consolidates the expertise of scientists and clinicians:
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THIAGO FOLLY Research Assistant
ANIKA HAIGH Research Assistant
PAULINE ZAHARA Research Assistant
DR IAN SKINNER Postdoctoral Research Fellow