ABOUT EQIPD

Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Andrew Rice

Phone number: +44 20 331 588 16 
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Project Staff

Jan Vollert

Phone number: +44 20 331 584 24 
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Institute presentation

The Pain Group of Imperial College London is a multi-disciplinary team, with its focus on neuropathic pain. Our particular interest is in peripheral nerve injury and infectious diseases, such as post-herpetic neuralgia, leprosy and HIV. Our clinical research includes RCTs as well as hypothesis-generating structural and functional assessment of peripheral nervous structures in patients suffering from neuropathic pain, via assessment of innervation of the epidermis and the cornea and Quantitative Sensory Testing. Of relevance to this project is a long-standing expertise in improving the internal and external validity of rodent models of neuropathic pain. As part of the IMI Europain consortium, where Professor Rice was academic lead of animal models, our group was part of the first prospective multi-centre validation of a novel rodent pain outcome measure. We have developed several clinically relevant rat models and ethologically relevant outcome measures. Beyond these core activities, our research reaches out to interdisciplinary fields, like pain and placebo, the medical history of neuropathic pain, especially that arising from 20th century conflicts, and the particular challenges of treatment in developing countries. Our group has been predominantly funded by the Wellcome Trust, NC3Rs, the European Commission / the IMI and the NIHR.