Improving Pain Treatment in Adults

A special project research grant was awarded to Dr. David Roye and Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky at Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center in New York for their research platform on Pain in the Adult with Cerebral Palsy. The purpose of this two-year project is to address the scarcity of data related to the experience of pain for adults with cerebral palsy, to ultimately devise better pain treatment in these adults, providing a transformative addition to medical knowledge and patient care. The current published data deals mainly with prevalence and few articles discuss treatment efficacy or etiology. Contributing is the relatively subjective nature of pain coupled with the difficulty of assessing pain, especially in non-communicative or cognitively impaired people with CP. The specific aim of this research platform is to ultimately produce tangible and influential advances in the evaluation and understanding of pain in the entire population of adults with CP.

Principal Investigators: Dr. David Roye, MD, St Giles Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery & Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, MD Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center.