About Us

Research Programs Overview

The Pain Management Research Institute (PMRI) comprises basic and translational researchers, and many members directly involved in clinical treatment, research and education programs. PMRI runs an intensive research program investigation mechanisms and treatment of a wide range of severe persistent pain problems what many people suffer.

Our research pursues the broad theme that persistent pain is a disease entity with its own symptoms, signs and underlying disorders such as abnormal sensory, spinal cord and brain neuronal physiology, neurochemistry, anatomy, and pathology.


The laboratories include the Cognitive and Behavioural Research Laboratory, Cellular Physiology of Pain Research Laboratory, Pain Management Human Studies Group and the Spinal Cord Injury Pain Clinical Research Laboratory.

We bring together basic, clinical and translational researchers to run a number of major research programs investigating mechanisms and treatment of severe persistent pain problems.

Research is conducted within a biopsychosocial framework and includes the study of basic pain mechanisms and the development and evaluation of innovative multidisciplinary treatments.

Research developments are quickly translated into our web-based educational programs in pain management, which are offered at a diploma and masters degree level through the University of Sydney.

Pain Management Group

Professor Paul Glare

Director Pain Management Research Institute
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Chair of Pain Medicine
University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital
02 9463 1500  |  paul.glare@sydney.edu.au

Professor Michael Nicholas

Cognitive and Behavioural Research Laboratory

02 9463 1515


Dr Christopher Vaughan

Cellular Research Laboratory

02 9926 4950


Dr Paul Wrigley

Clinical Pain Neurophysiology Laboratory

02 9926 4958




Amanda Galvin

Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre

Royal North Shore Hospital, Douglas Building

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500   |   F: +61 (0)2 9463 1050



Shaan & Geoffrey Verco, Pain Foundation Ltd

c/- PMRC, Douglas Building

Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards NSW 2065

T: +61 (0)2 8387 3483   




Pain Clinical Service Centre

Michael J Cousins Pain Management & Research Centre

Douglas Building, Royal North Shore Hospital

St Leonards  NSW  2065

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500


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