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.