Friday, June 1, 2012

Mass General's Dr. Jeffry Shaefer Leads HSDM to Pain Center Grant from NIH

HSDM Chosen as Center of Excellence in Pain Education

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium has selected 11 health professional schools nationwide—with Harvard School of Dental Medicine as the only dental school—to serve as Centers of Excellence in Pain Education. Mass General's Jeffry Shaefer, an HSDM assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, director of the Predoctoral Program in Pain Control, and director of the Orofacial Pain Fellowship, is the principal investigator at the HSDM site.

The Centers will act as hubs for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain-management curriculum resources for medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy schools to enhance and improve the ways in which health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment. "Virtually all health professionals are called upon to help patients suffering from pain," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. "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."

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is among the 20 institutes and centers at NIH that provided funding for the pain education centers.

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