Clinical Studies


Temporomandibular Disorders Studies


The Pain Research Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is currently conducting a study to learn more about social and psychological functioning in young adults (ages 18-30) with fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, or chronic orofacial pain or temporomandibular disorder. The study will be done entirely online and consists of completing online surveys for approximately 1 hour. Participants will be compensated via a gift card for $15 to Target for their participation. If you may be interested, please email:


Patients Needed in Baltimore MD Area: Biobehavioral Pain Management in TMD Research Study

Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Dental School are looking for volunteers with widespread pain that includes jaw pain (TMD) to participate in a research study to investigate the effect of three different non-drug treatments on pain and sleep symptoms. If you have fibromyalgia and jaw pain you may be eligible. For additional information, please read through the study information brochure and patient consent form.  


Patients Needed in Baltimore MD Area: Study on Genetics and Facial, Jaw and Headache Pain

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Nursing asked us to post the following announcement on a research opportunity for patients.

Chronic orofacial pain represents an economic burden both in the United States and worldwide affecting 5-10% of the population. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore have developed a novel and comprehensive genetic, behavioral and imaging approach to study the role of genetic variations on pain mechanisms in healthy participants as well as participants with facial, jaw and headache pain.

Who is eligible to participate?

You may qualify if you:

  • Are 18-65 years of age.
  • Speak and understand English.
  • Are either in good health, or you have had recent headaches, facial pain, and/or jaw pain.

This research study requires:

  •  One screening visit for ensuring eligibility.
  •  One experimental study session lasting no more than four hours.

Compensation for all sessions and parking vouchers are provided. If you are interested, please email or call 410-706-5975

For more information, please read the informational flyer.

Vestibulodynia Pain Study


Recruiting participants in the Vestibulodynia (VBD) UPDATe Study

In order to identify the most effective treatments for women with chronic vaginal pain, researchers at Duke University, The University of California, Los Angeles, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are performing a randomized placebo-controlled blinded clinical trial. This trial hopes to better understand how women experience vestibulodynia pain in order to determine what treatments work best for different women. English-literate women between the ages of 18-50 years are eligible for immediate enrollment if they have VBD and meet certain study criteria. To learn more about the study, meet our research team, and enroll, please visit our UPDATe Study website.


Chronic Pain & Low Back Pain Studies


Chronic Low Back Pain
The Brain Mechanisms of Pain and Health Laboratory at UC San Diego is conducting a National Institutes of Health Clinical trial examining the effects of meditation on chronic low back pain.  They are looking for patients between 18-65 years of age that have been suffering from chronic low back pain for at least three months. The study requires seven days of patient involvement with one month to complete the study. Patients will be compensated $400 for completion of the study. For additional information, including a complete description of the study at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute at UCSD, please feel free to contact us at and/or call (858) 246-2028.
UCSD is conducting another NIH clinical trial examining the effects of meditation on chronic low back pain. They are looking for individuals with chronic low back pain who are 18-65 years of age. This study is a 16-part study that may take up to 48 days to complete. Participants will undergo bodily maneuvers, noxious heat, brain imaging, meditation interventions, and cognitive testing. Brain imaging will take place in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner located at the UCSD campus. Participants will be compensated $780 for successfully completing the study. The study is located in the San Diego County region. In order to participate individuals must contact us at and/or call (858) 246-2028.


Injustice and the Experience of Chronic Pain

You are being invited to take part in a study based on your experience of living with pain and the potential role of feelings of injustice in your experience of pain. Previous research has shown injustice to be part of the pain experience for some. Injustice appears to come from both internal and external sources, and that pain awareness in the public could improve external sources of injustice. This current study aims to see if feelings of injustice connect to pain and different psychological constructs and traits.

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Maternal Chronic Pain Study   

A high proportion of women with children experience chronic pain conditions such as temporomandibular disorders, low back pain, headache, and fibromyalgia. Parenting with chronic pain is a unique challenge that many parents face. Oregon Health & Science University , Stanford, and Seattle Children's Hospital are conducting a study to learn more about the impact of maternal chronic pain in hopes of helping mothers and families in the future. 

This study might be a good fit for you if:
  • You are a mother who has had chronic pain for 6 months or longer
  • You have a child between the ages of 8 and 12 years old

 Participants will complete online questionnaires and electronic diaries. Compensation is provided.

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