The Ontogeny of Pain Behaviour: A Novel Neuroimmune Pathway. [ 2010-04-01 - 2013-07-01 ]

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Researchers: Dr Deborah Hodgson (Chief Investigator) ,  Honorary Professor Vicki Clifton (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Kenneth Beagley (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Yehuda Shavit (Partner Investigator)

Brief description The Ontogeny of Pain Behaviour: A Novel Neuroimmune Pathway. In Australia, 20% of the population report suffering from chronic pain. The cost of pain to Australian business per year is over $3 billion. Attempts to explain many chronic pain states, based on current knowledge, have failed. The central hypothesis of this project is that pain sensitivity is determined by programming of the fetal immune system during pregnancy. This research proposal will determine whether exposure to infection early in life determines sensitivity to pain in adult life. In doing so, this research offers a new theoretical explanation for the ontogeny of pain and may begin to account for the many forms of chronic pain that are currently not only unexplainable from current pain theory, but difficult to manage clinically.

Funding Amount $150,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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