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Robert H. Dworkin, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-8214

Fax: (585) 244-7271

Biography

Professional Background

1. Director, Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION), a public-private partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [www.acttion.org]
2. Special Government Employee, FDA
3. Co-Chair, Acute to Chronic Pain Transition Working Group, Federal Pain Research Strategy, National Institutes of Health
4. Professional Advisory Board, American Chronic Pain Association
5. Associate Editor, Pain
6. Editorial Boards: Journal of Pain, Canadian Journal of Pain, Current Pain and Headache Reports

Research

My major research interests are (1) methodologic aspects of analgesic clinical trials and (2) treatment and prevention of chronic neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain. The primary focus of our current research involves the identification of factors that increase the assay sensitivity of clinical trials to detect differences between an active and a control or comparison treatment. In ongoing studies, we are examining the relationships between clinical trial results and their research designs, patient characteristics, and outcome measures. This program of research and other efforts to improve the efficiency and informativeness of analgesic clinical trials are being conducted under the auspices of the ACTTION public-private partnership with the FDA. In addition, in collaboration with Dennis Turk at the University of Washington, we are currently conducting a randomized clinical trial of tramadol, cognitive-behavior therapy, and health education alone and in combination for the treatment of fibromyalgia. I have also been very interested in the identification of risk factors for the development of chronic pain. One of our major results has been that patients with greater acute pain are more likely to develop chronic pain. This suggests that attenuating acute pain might prevent chronic pain, and an additional focus of my research has involved developing approaches to test this hypothesis.

Current Funding (as Principal Investigator)
1. FDA, U01 FD005936-01 (9/15/16-8/31/21): Analgesic, anesthetic, and addiction clinical trial translations, innovations, opportunities, and networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership
2. FDA, HHSF223201400191C (9/30/14-9/29/19): Analysis of FDA clinical trial data to improve assay sensitivity and informativeness of analgesic clinical trials
3. NIH/NIAMS, R01 AR059102-01A (9/1/11-7/31/18): Combined behavioral and analgesic trial for fibromyalgia (COMBAT-FM)

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1977
PhD | Harvard University
Psychology

1971
BA | University of Pennsylvania
Psychology, Sociology

Awards

2015
Mitchell B. Max Award for Neuropathic Pain
Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology

2014
John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

2011
John J. Bonica Award
Sponsor: Eastern Pain Association

2007
Advisory Committee Service Award
Sponsor: US Food and Drug Administration

2005
Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

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Publications

Journal Articles

5/4/2017
Smith SM, Jones JK, Katz NP, Roland CL, Setnik B, Trudeau JJ, Wright S, Burke LB, Comer SD, Dart RC, Dionne R, Haddox JD, Jaffe JH, Kopecky EA, Martell BA, Montoya ID, Stanton M, Wasan AD, Turk DC, Dworkin RH. "Measures That Identify Prescription Medication Misuse, Abuse, and Related Events in Clinical Trials: ACTTION Critique and Recommended Considerations." The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society.. 2017 May 4; Epub 2017 May 04.

5/1/2017
Kent ML, Tighe PJ, Belfer I, Brennan TJ, Bruehl S, Brummett CM, Buckenmaier CC, Buvanendran A, Cohen RI, Desjardins P, Edwards D, Fillingim R, Gewandter J, Gordon DB, Hurley RW, Kehlet H, Loeser JD, Mackey S, McLean SA, Polomano R, Rahman S, Raja S, Rowbotham M, Suresh S, Schachtel B, Schreiber K, Schumacher M, Stacey B, Stanos S, Todd K, Turk DC, Weisman SJ, Wu C, Carr DB, Dworkin RH, Terman G. "The ACTTION-APS-AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions." Pain medicine : the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.. 2017 May 1; 18(5):947-958.

5/2017
Kent ML, Tighe PJ, Belfer I, Brennan TJ, Bruehl S, Brummett CM, Buckenmaier CC, Buvanendran A, Cohen RI, Desjardins P, Edwards D, Fillingim R, Gewandter J, Gordon DB, Hurley RW, Kehlet H, Loeser JD, Mackey S, McLean SA, Polomano R, Rahman S, Raja S, Rowbotham M, Suresh S, Schachtel B, Schreiber K, Schumacher M, Stacey B, Stanos S, Todd K, Turk DC, Weisman SJ, Wu C, Carr DB, Dworkin RH, Terman G. "The ACTTION-APS-AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions." The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society.. 2017 May 0; 18(5):479-489.

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