HEAL graphicNIAMS is playing a major role in the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) The Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM Initiative (HEAL), a trans-agency effort focused on improving prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction, and enhancing pain management. Launched in April 2018 with funding from Congress, the NIH HEAL InitiativeSM brings new hope for people, families, and communities affected by the national opioid public health crisis.

Learn more about the NIH HEAL InitiativeSM.

Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program

The BACPAC Research Program is a translational, patient-centered effort to address the need for effective and personalized therapies for chronic low back pain. It will examine biomedical mechanisms within a biopsychosocial context by using interdisciplinary methods and exploring innovative technologies.

Learn more about the BACPAC Research Program.


Research Spotlight: Piecing Together the Puzzle of Chronic Low Back Pain

Research Spotlight: Using Virtual Reality to Treat Real Pain


Workshop: Managing Chronic Pain in Individuals with Co-occurring OUD, and Other Psychiatric Conditions Workshop

Workshop: Quantitative Evaluation of Myofascial Tissues: Potential Impact for Musculoskeletal Pain Research

NIH HEAL Related Funding Opportunities


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Leslie Derr, Ph.D.

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Last Updated: January 2022