Pain Management Research Institute

Established in 1990, the Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) is a joint initiative between The University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital. As a division of the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, PMRI pursues its broad goal of improving human health by:

Latest News & Events

Visiting Scholars: Prof. Gary Walco & Prof. Steven Weisman, 2 August 2018

Prof. Gary Walco from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Prof. Steven Weisman from the Medical College of Wisconsin will be presenting a seminar entitled Putting Things Into Perspective: The U.S. Opioid Crisis on Thu 2 August 2018 from 4.30-5.30pm.

Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop - Feb 2019

Registrations are open for our highly regarded Pain Refresh - Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop running in Sydney in February 2019. [Find out more]

Trust Me I'm An Expert: The science of pain

The Conversation has published a Trust Me I'm An Expert podcast episode on "The Science of Pain: what it is and what the evidence really says about how to manage it". It includes expert comment from PMRI's Professor Fiona Blyth AM and Professor Michael Nicholas. [Listen]

All in the Mind Podcast: Placebo Power

ABC Radio National's excellent podcast series All in the Mind recently featured the subject of "Placebo Power" and includes expert comment from PMRI's Dr Claire Ashton-James. [Listen]

Putting CBT Skills into Practice Online Webinars - 2018 Dates Now Available

2018 dates for the Putting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills into Practice online training webinar series are now available and open for registrations. Develop more skills to help your patients and clients better manage chronic or persisting pain problems. [Find out more]

Surviving Sensory Nerve Connectivity Detected in Half of Spinal Cord Injury Patients

A joint research study between the Pain Management Research Institute, The University of Sydney and Neuroscience Research Australia has found that half of the study's patients suffering from major spinal cord injuries still have surviving sensory nerve connections. (31 January 2018) [Read Sydney Morning Herald Article | Read ABC News Article | Read Abstract in Human Brain Mapping ]

Prof Fiona Blyth AM Awarded in 2018 Australia Honours List

Our own Professor Fiona Blyth AM has been recognised in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List for her significant service to medical research and education in the field of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform. (26 January 2018) [Read more]

Postgraduate Study in Pain Management - 2019 Semester 1 Applications Open

Applications to commence postgraduate study in Pain Management in Semester 1, 2019 close on January 30, 2019. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level are available. Endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). [Find out more]

New Orofacial Pain Degree Pathway

Designed to meet the needs of dentists and other health professionals working with patients with orofacial pain problems, the Orofacial Pain Pathway is open for applications to commence study in Semester 1, 2019. (Master of Medicine/Master of Science in Medicine degree levels only) [Read more]

Chronic pain a chronic problem; needs holistic solution, say experts

The Citizen and SBS News reported on the need to establish more specialist pain clinics (particularly in regional areas) that have a holistic and drug-free approach to help Australians living with chronic pain. Participants in PMRC's self-management pain programs ADAPT and STEPS were featured. (5 April 2017) [ Read The Citizen Article | Read SBS News Article]

2016 icare TMF Awards for Excellence in Risk Management

A consortium involving NSW Health, EML, icare, and the Pain Management Research Institute at The University of Sydney (led by Professor Michael Nicholas) was joint winner of the Framework & Systems category of the 2016 icare TMF Awards for Excellence in Risk Management this week for "The Work Injury Screening and Early Intervention (WISE) Study". (9 Nov 2016) [Read more]

Update on New Spinal Implant Trial for Pain Relief

Channel Nine News reported on the progress of the current clinical trial of the new spinal cord stimulation technology for lower back pain. The device was developed by Saluda in consultation with our own PMRI scientists and researchers. PMRI's Professor Michael Cousins and A/Prof Charles Brooker were interviewed for the report. (13 October 2016) [Watch the report]

Can your brain reduce your pain?

PMRI's Professor Michael Nicholas and Lesley Brydon, Chief Executive of Pain Australia, were interviewed on ABC Radio National's Life Matters program about "Can your brain reduce your pain?" (21 May 2015) [Listen to the interview]

Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre

The NSW Minister for Health, The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP officially named the Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital on 11 February 2014. [Read more]