The MJC Pain Management and Research Centre undertake clinical research on new treatments for a range of pain conditions such as sciatica, post herpetic neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, CRPS, cancer pain and back/limb pain. The treatments include pharmaceuticals, devices such as spinal cord stimulation and complementary therapies.
Our centre provides clinical researchers with opportunities to conduct relevant research with patients attending the centre. Many of these studies are supported by external grants awarded to researchers at the centre or are part of a post-graduate student’s PhD project. Any research project is subject to approval by the hospital’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and the director of the centre. Participation in research projects conducted at the centre must be done on an informed and voluntary basis.
Examples of recent research projects at the centre include a study on the effects and outcomes experienced by patients with chronic neuropathic pain; a study on novel ways of helping patients to gradually taper off their opioid medication; and a study on identifying predictors of developing chronic pain in patients having surgery at the hospital. All studies completed at the centre are expected to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
All trials are conducted at Royal North Shore Hospital under the supervision of a qualified pain specialist and have the approval of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Ethics Committee.
Current clinical research studies
- Blue Healer™ copper-based spray for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain
- Spinal Cord Stimulation trials for the treatment of neck, back and upper or lower limb pain
- Phase 1 – Treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain
If you are interested in participating in our current or any future clinical trials, please contact us at
NSLHD-PainResearch@health.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9463 1637