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

Placebo Symposium - 17-18 November 2017

Registrations are now open for the two-day Placebo Symposium: Harnessing Placebo Mechanisms to Improve Clinical Outcomes in Manly, Sydney. This is a unique, clinically-focused international symposium that will feature experts from Germany, USA, Portugal and Australia. [ Find out more ]

'Mind-body' healing: Success of placebo trials challenges medical thinking

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on current research investigating the use of the placebo effect to enhance treatment effects. PMRI's A/Prof Damien Finniss was interviewed for the article. (11 June 2017) [ Read Article ]

Postgraduate Study in Pain Management - Semester 2 Applications Open

Applications to commence postgraduate study in Pain Management in Semester 2, 2017 will close on June 30. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level are available. Endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). [ Find out 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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]

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]