Friday, May 18, 2012

HSDM awarded NIH Grant to Establish Center of Excellence in Pain Education

Mass General orofacial pain specialist Shaeffer is Principal Investigator

A team led by principal investigator Jeff Shaeffer, DDS, MS, MPH has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium to establish a Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE) at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM).  The center will act as a hub for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain management curriculum resources to enhance how health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment.  The HSDM team is among 11 institutions who received awards to establish these CoEPEs.

"These new centers will translate current research findings about pain management to fill what have been recognized as gaps in curricula so clinicians in all fields can work with their patients to make better and safer choices about pain treatment," says NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD.

Shaeffer led a team of HSDM-based clinicians and researchers that includes MGH oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. David Keith as co-investigator. 


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