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2019 May


160 Suppl 1

Translational neuropathic pain research.


Attal N, Bouhassira D
Pain. 2019 May; 160 Suppl 1:S23-S28.
PMID: 31008846.


The traditional translational approach in neuropathic pain research has mainly consisted to date in translating basic findings from animal models of nerve injury to the clinic. Because of the difficulty to extrapolate mechanisms from animals to humans, an inverse translational approach ("top-down") has been advocated and contributed to the development of therapy. In particular, a number of treatments such as neurostimulation techniques have been initially assessed in patients and then translated to animal models for further investigation of their mechanisms. Therapeutic approaches based on an in-depth assessment of sensory phenotypes, suggestive of mechanisms, have also been implemented. The biggest trend in recent translational research is to investigate mechanisms or predict therapeutic response in patients by integrating multimodal approaches. The present narrative review emphasizes these various aspects of translational research in neuropathic pain.