Current Research Projects

Adelaide Pelvic Pain Study – (APP-Study)

Dr Susan Evans, PhD Candidate University Adelaide.

 

Why some women have severe period pain and others do not remains unknown.  This PhD investigates whether the presence of an inflammatory pain phenotype is present in young women with these problems.  If such a pathway can be proven, it offers the potential for new and more effective treatments for pelvic pain. It may also provide a way of determining which girls are most at risk, and in whom early intervention might reduce their risk of later developing chronic pain.

 

This research project has received grant funding from ANZCA’s Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation, through the Dr Russell Cole Memorial ANZCA Research Award, which was established to support a highly ranked pain related research project. Information about ANZCA’s Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation is available at

 

This project has completed enrolment, and we’re really grateful to the wonderful women of Adelaide who participated. We’ll have the results on the website, with notification on Facebook as soon as it’s published.

Pelvic Pain Impact Study

Jane Bowering (Chalmers), physiotherapist and PhD candidate has developed a Life Impact Questionnaire for Pelvic Pain which is soon to be published. This validated study looks broadly at the way Pelvic Pain changes the lives of those affected. It’s been developed by asking real women about their pain.

 

This study is complete and we’ll have news of the results very soon!

Inflammatory Pain Pathways in Endometriosis

Ms Kelsi Dodds, PhD Candidate, University Adelaide

 

Ms Kelsi Dodds is a Health Scientist, currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Adelaide. Her PhD investigates a role for the central nervous and immune systems in the development of endometriosis, a chronic inflammatory disease often associated with severe pelvic pain and infertility. These pathways will be studied in a mouse model, developed for this purpose.

 

It is widely acknowledged that inflammation can be initiated and maintained by nerves and immune cells in other pain conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, so this research will determine if similar cells are active in endometriosis and their potential to cause and maintain disease progression.

 

Kelsi has been awarded prestigious Grants4Targets funding through Bayer Pharmaceuticals to further research her innovative ideas on endometriosis and pain. Be prepared for a a totally new take on your pain.

 

Provoked vestibulodynia: Complex regional pain syndrome of the vulval vestibule?

Ms Jane Bowering, Physiotherapist and PhD Candidate University South Australia

 

This PhD investigates a theory that pelvic pain, and particularly provoked vestibulodynia (vulval pain) is a complex regional pain syndrome(CRPS) – like condition of the pelvis.

 

Our hope is through using CRPS paradigms, we will discover more about the cause, development and course of Provoked Vestibulodynia. In particular, we will investigate the inflammatory properties of this condition.

 

This project is currently enrolling participants, and there are loads of benefits in being involved.

 

If you live in Adelaide and have vulval pain, we’ll have a link up soon.

Provoked vestibulodynia: Complex regional pain syndrome of the vulval vestibule?

Ms Jane Bowering, Physiotherapist and PhD Candidate University South Australia

 

This PhD investigates a theory that pelvic pain, and particularly provoked vestibulodynia (vulval pain) is a complex regional pain syndrome(CRPS) – like condition of the pelvis.

 

Our hope is through using CRPS paradigms, we will discover more about the cause, development and course of Provoked Vestibulodynia. In particular, we will investigate the inflammatory properties of this condition.

 

This project is currently enrolling participants, and there are loads of benefits in being involved.

 

If you live in Adelaide and have vulval pain, we’ll have a link up soon.