Neuropathic pain research in Germany
The DFNS focuses on research in the field of neuropathic pain by integrating the resources of the leading centers actively involved in neuropathic pain research in Germany.
DFNS selected the following strategy:
- to establish a data base of patients including psychological and quantitative sensory evaluation,
- to define patho-physiological mechanisms of pain and associated symptoms as well as the development of chronic neuropathic pain,
- and to introduce new and to evaluate available interventions to prevent and treat neuropathic pain on the basis of a mechanism-based and symptom-oriented approach.
Since its foundation in 2002 the DFNS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Data bank of patients suffering from neuropathic pain
From their website we quote:
The central Integrative Network Project of the German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain is a Neuropathic Pain Data Bank. All network participants sub serve the data bank with standardized information of each patient regarding socio-economic, psycho-social, psychological data and results of quantitative sensory testing (QST). Moreover, a blood sample and imaging data bank have been initiated. The data is centrally coordinated by a data management system for documentation and quality assurance.
As the German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain (DFNS) includes the major institutions, authorities and medical disciplines engaged in therapy and research on neuropathic pain. The central Integrative Network Project of the DFNS is a Neuropathic Pain Data Bank.
It seems the Germans have all actions nice in hand. A good example for other countries.
Jan M. Keppel Hesselink, MD, PhD, February 2010
‘Neuropathic pain research in Germany’
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