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Welcome to the New Home of the Pain Research Forum!

The PRF Team has been hard at work during the past year designing and building a new online experience for our users.

By Gregory Carbonetti

17 February 2023

PRF News


The PRF Team has been hard at work during the past year designing and building a new online experience for our users.

The Pain Research Forum (PRF) provides a place for the international pain research community to engage in an open exchange of information and ideas. At PRF, scientists performing basic, translational, and clinical pain research, as well as clinicians and industry stakeholders, can challenge dogma, propose new ideas, and interpret emerging results.

A lot has changed in the past 12 years since our initial launch in 2011. After beginning as a joint venture of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center and MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease Informatics, PRF was acquired by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) in 2017 to help achieve its mission of working together for pain relief throughout the world.

As of last week, this new online PRF home brings the same resources to your fingertips with a modern look and an improved interface that is integrated with other IASP resources. We were keen to improve the performance of our search functionality. Moving forward, it will be easier for our users to locate the information most pertinent to their interests and disciplines. Additionally, while we’ve emphasized PRF’s core features, we’re excited to be introducing new components throughout the coming months that will help our users gain new knowledge, improve information sharing, foster new collaborations, and raise interest in pain research. We’ve solidified our foundation for a dynamic future.

We’d like to thank our Editorial Board for their input and guidance, the IASP for their encouragement, numerous organizations for their financial support, as well as those whose contributions and insights have helped to establish PRF as the destination it is today. Most importantly, we’d like to thank you – our users. As always, we will continue to pursue our mission of fostering discussion and collaboration that speeds the acquisition of new knowledge and its translation into novel pain treatments.

Gregory Carbonetti, PhD, serves as the senior manager of the Pain Research Forum. If you have any questions about PRF, or would like to discuss ways to collaborate, please don’t hesitate to send him an email at Gregory.Carbonetti@iasp-pain.org

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