What does it mean to participate in research?

If you have never participated in research before, you may feel somewhat uneasy about signing up. We want you to know that you will:

  • Enter a highly controlled and safe environment.
    • We will be following all University regulations related to COVID to ensure your safety.
  • Our knowledgeable staff will provide you with lots of information and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
  • Most importantly, you can change your mind and stop testing at any time.

Contact us at 352-265-8901 or painresearch@medicine.ufl.edu if you’re interested in participating!

What will be done during the research?

We will perform comprehensive testing of your pain sensitivity to identify why your pain-sensitivity is so much higher than that of individuals without pain.

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  • These tests may include brain imaging and sensory testing.
  • We will always inform you beforehand with as much detail as possible and give you reminders of what to expect when necessary.
  • Tests are easy and straightforward.
  • You can ask questions or stop testing at any point.

How long will my visit take-

How much time will it take?

The amount of time varies depending on the tests performed

  • Our lab members strive to accommodate your scheduling needs.
  • We will be happy to help you find the best study for you.
  • Contact our research center at (352) 265-8901 to speak with one of our staff members.

Compensation for Time and Travel

Besides helping us to identify the cause for chronic pain, we offer monetary compensation to our volunteers. You will also receive free parking vouchers for the duration of your visit.

Pain is BOTH physical and emotional

did you know

Chronic pain is not simply a physical sensation. It also has emotional, cognitive, and memory components that can affect your daily life. Our studies focus on all of these factors in order to better understand and treat chronic pain conditions.

Participate in a Research Study

Healthy Volunteers

We need healthy volunteers to answer important questions about chronic pain and fatigue. Chronic fatigue and pain is a problem affecting many people across the world. Much is still unknown about the causes of fatigue or pain.

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Fibromyalgia Volunteers

Fibromyalgia (FMS) and other chronic pain disorders are difficult to diagnose and treat. We want to study peripheral and central nervous system factors of pain which are at the source of body-wide symptoms such as pain and fatigue in FMS and other chronic pain conditions.

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