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
The Danish Pain Research Center was founded
with the primary aim to study chronic pain, in particular
neuropathic pain, defined by
IASP as: Pain caused by a lesion
or disease affecting the somatosensory system (Jensen et
al., Pain 2011).
The current focus areas are:
Neuropathic pain following surgery and
injury including postamputation pain
Pain following CNS lesions (stroke and
spinal cord injury)
The sympathetic nervous system and pain
Pain physiology, including understanding
cold sensory processing