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Childhood Pain Research Program

Our physicians and psychologists at the UCLA Childhood Pain Research Program work together to carry out research to understand the development of acute to chronic pain in children and how to prevent pain in childhood from progressing to pain in adulthood. 

We study risk factors, such as sex differences in pain, the role of menstruation on pain systems in girls, the role of puberty in pain, and how family, genetic, school and social factors can impact a child's pain. We have a special interest in medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, and study the brain/pain/gut micro biome relationships, using brain imaging, strategies for studying the efficacy of central pain inhibition, and intestinal bacteria. Our program also has a long history of research on longterm survivors of childhood cancer looking at quality of life, pain, psychological and physical outcomes and developing interventions to reduce distress and pain.

We also study pain interventions including yoga, mindfulness, dance, music, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, among others. 

We not only want to know if these treatments work to reduce pain and other symptoms but HOW they work biologically and in whom they work best.   

Our Program Faculty & Research Staff

Our Recent Publications

 

Open Studies

  • "Stress/Pain Responses in Parents and Children"
    • Description: If you are a child aged 8-17 years old with chronic or recurrent pain, you and your mother may be eligible to take part in this study.  The study is designed to examine how children with chronic or recurrent pain as well as their mothers respond to safe, controlled laboratory stress tasks.  If you are interested in participating, please call (310) 475-3191 x224, or email: lseidman@mednet.ucla.edu.
    • Team Members:  Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD (Principal Investigator), Jennie C. I. Tsao, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator), Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD. (Co-Investigator), Andrea Rapkin, MD (Co-Investigator)

  • "Central Pain Mechanisms in Primary Dysmenorrhea" 
    • Description: This study is examining pain responses in adolescent girls and young women (ages 16 to 25) with AND without menstrual cramps.  If you are a girl who either does or does not experience menstrual cramps, you may be eligible to participate in the study.  For more information, please contact Kirsten Lung at (310) 500-8680 or KLung@mednet.ucla.edu.
    • Team Members: Laura A. Payne, PhD (Principal Investigator), Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD (Mentor), Andrea J. Rapkin, MD (Co-Mentor), Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD (Co-Mentor), Jennie C. I. Tsao, PhD (Co-Mentor) 

Ongoing Studies

  • "Stress/Pain Responses in Parents and Children"
    • Description: This study is designed to examine how healthy children and children with chronic or recurrent pain as well as their parents respond to safe, controlled laboratory stress tasks.
    • Team Members:  Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD (Principal Investigator), Jennie C. I. Tsao, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator), Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD (Co-Investigator), Andrea Rapkin, MD (Co-Investigator).
  • "Iyengar Yoga for Young People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome"
    • Description: The goal of this study is to examine the effects of a course of Iyengar yoga on pain and functioning in young people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or recurring abdominal pain.
    • Team Members:  Subhadra Evans, PhD (Principal Investigator), Lonnie K. Zeltzer, MD (Co- Principal Investigator), Jennie C. I. Tsao, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator).