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Sussex Pain Network

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Sussex Pain Network

The main aim of the Sussex Pain Network is to bring together basic scientists and clinicians within the south who have an interest in fighting pain. This includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, allied health professionals and laboratory scientists.

The individual aims are:

  1. To initiate research collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians with a common interest in pain processing
  2. To engage the general public through the use of this website and other media outlets of the research being carried out within the south
  3. Formulate research proposals that are relevant to the patient population
  4. To develop links with other appropriate networks

If you are a researcher, clinician or student and would like to become part of the Sussex Pain Network, please contact

Current research

Research carried out by the Sussex Pain Network aims to better understand the mechanisms of transmission and modulation of pain in both the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Research interests include:

  • Improving our understanding, as well as diagnosis and treatment, of diffuse chronic pain conditions
  • Exploring the basic physiology of nociceptive neurons

Conditions currently being investigated are non-specific arm pain (also known as repetitive strain injury), whiplash associated disorder, lower back pain, complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.

more about the Pain Network publications >

Patient information

It is only through people volunteering to take part in research studies that allow us scientists and doctors to carry out research into pain and make discoveries that improves patient treatment.

If you wish to get involved in any of the current projects, please contact We are currently seeking volunteers for the following studies: