Dr Susan Evans, University of Adelaide
This study investigated the neuroimmune basis of period pain, pelvic pain and endometriosis.
It sampled blood from volunteers and looked at the special immune cells in blood called PBMCs (peripheral blood mononuclear cells) to see whether the PBMCs from women with pain behave differently from the PBMCs from women without pain.
This study confirmed that immune cells from the blood of women with pain were upregulated.
When receptors on their surface called Toll Like Receptors were stimulated, they produced more cytokines than cells from women without pain.
The published paper can be read by clicking the link below.
A/Prof Evans would like to sincerely thank all the women who volunteered for the study.