Danish Pain Research Center

About DPRC

The Danish Pain Research Center (DPRC) was founded in 1994 by Professor Troels Staehelin Jensen as a university-based clinical research unit. The mission of DPRC is to increase our understanding of acute and chronic pain mechanisms and to identify risk factors and predictors of chronic pain, with the ultimate goal to improve acute and chronic pain management. The center aims to do so by bringing researchers and clinicians together in a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment to integrate and facilitate translational aspects of pain. The center is currently directed by Professor Troels Staehelin Jensen (Director), Professor Nanna Brix Finnerup and Associate Professor Lone Nikolajsen.

DPRC is currently the host of the International Diabetic Neuropathy Consortium (IDNC), which is a 6-year project (2015-2021) funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Among other research projects, the center is part of the international EU-funded project DOLORisk (2015-2019), involving nine European countries with the aim to identify risk factors for chronic pain. 

The investigators of DPRC use a wide range of methods to study pain, including neuropharmacology, animal models, imaging and clinical observations.

For further information see www.dprc.dk and www.idnc.au.dk.

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Research Focus

  • Risk factors for chronic pain
  • Mechanisms of diabetic neuropathy
  • Mechanisms of neuropathic pain

Techniques/Infrastructure

  • Somedic thermo tester for quantitative testing of cold and heat detection thresholds
  • Q-Sweat Quantitative Sweat Measurement System
  • Moor LdI Laser Doppler Imager and Laser Doppler Perfusion and Temperature Monitor for imaging and measuring cutaneous blood flow
  • Cold pressor test for quantitative testing of cold detection and cold tolerance thresholds
  • Contact Heat-Evoked Potential Stimulator (CHEPS) for testing heat thresholds and evoked potentials
  • Electric stimulator for cutaneous electrical stimulation
  • Task Force Monitor, a hemodynamic monitoring system capable of recording real time beat-to-beat blood pressure, ECG and cardiac output
  • Keypoint EMG system for neurophysiological testing
  • Full quantitative sensory testing (mechanical, cold and heat stimulation) HRT Rostock Cornea module confocal scanning microscope
  • Full quantitative sensory testing (mechanical, cold and heat stimulation)
  • HRT Rostock Cornea module confocal scanning microscope

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