Chronic neuropathic pain severely affects the quality of life of the individual patient and represents a major health issue for society with considerable economic consequences, e.g. increased medical expenses and public pension expenditure.

Chronic pain is difficult to treat and can seldom be cured, but in many cases it can be reduced, and a means to improve the treatment is to increase our knowledge of the underlying mechanisms.

The current focus areas are:

  • Understanding risk factors and determinants for neuropathic pain

  • Understanding the development of painful and non-painful neuropathy as a consequence of diabetes and chemotherapy

  • Neuropathic pain following surgery and injury, including postamputation pain 

  • Pain in children and youth with cerebral palsy

  • The sympathetic nervous system and pain

  • Pain physiology, including understanding thermal sensory processing

  • Experimental pain research

  • Pharmacotherapy

The Danish Pain Research Center was founded with the primary aim to study chronic pain, in particular neuropathic pain.

Additional sources on neuropathic pain are available here.

Neuropathic pain is defined as Pain caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system.1,2

  1. Jensen et al. A new definition of neuropathic pain. PAIN 2011; 152: 2204-5.