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

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 ]

Visiting Scholar: Prof Geert Crombez - Thu 1 December 2016

Prof Geert Crombez from Ghent University Belgium will be presenting a seminar entitled Questions about assessment in chronic pain: challenges and future directions on Thu 1 December 2016 from 4.00-5.00pm. [ Find out more ]

Visiting Scholar: Dr Emma Godfrey- Thu 15 December 2016

Dr Emma Godfrey from King’s College London will be presenting a seminar entitled Back to the Future: Can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) assist Physiotherapists in treating chronic low back pain? on Thu 15 December 2016 from 3.00-4.00pm. [ Find out more ]

Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop - Feb 2017

Registrations are open for our highly regarded Pain Management Multidiscplinary Workshop running in Sydney in February 2017. [Find out more ]

First Transplant of New Spinal Implant for Pain Relief

Our PMRI scientists and researchers have been consulting on a new spinal cord stimulation technology for lower back pain. On Tuesday 13 October 2015, the first trial patient received an implant of the new device, with another 30 or so trials planned in the weeks ahead. [Read the Sydney Morning Herald Article or watch the Channel Nine News Report]

Putting CBT Skills into Practice Online Webinars - 2017

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

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]

Training the brain to feel less pain

This Sydney Morning Herald article discusses how learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques from a trained professional can make a positive difference in managing pain (10 May 2015). [Read article]

Michael J Cousins Pain Management and Research Centre

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