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Robert H. Dworkin, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-8214

Faculty Appointments

Biography

Professional Background

1. Director, Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION), a public-private partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [www.acttion.org]
2. Special Government Employee, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA
3. Professional Advisory Board, American Chronic Pain Association
4. Associate Editor: Pain; Editorial Boards: Canadian Journal of Pain, Journal of Pain

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 my current research involves the identification of factors that increase the assay sensitivity of randomized clinical trials to detect differences between an efficacious treatment and a placebo control or comparison intervention. In ongoing studies, we are evaluating the research designs and methods, clinical outcome assessments, and statistical analyses used in clinical trials of treatments for acute and chronic pain. These studies and other efforts to improve the efficiency and informativeness of clinical trials of analgesic, anesthetic, and addiction interventions are being conducted under the auspices of the ACTTION public-private partnership with the FDA, of which I serve as Director.

Current Funding
1. FDA, U01 FD005936 (9/1/21-8/31/22): Analgesic, anesthetic, and addiction clinical trial translations, innovations, opportunities, and networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership (PD/PI)
2. NIH/NINDS, U24 NS113850 (9/30/19-8/31/24): Clinical coordinating center for the HEAL initiative early phase pain investigation clinical network (MPI: 2019-2021; Co-I: 2021-2024)

Credentials

Education

1971
BA | University of Pennsylvania
Psychology, Sociology

1977
PhD | Harvard University
Psychology

Awards

2020
John D. Loeser Award
Sponsor: International Association for the Study of Pain

2018
Founders Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Pain Medicine

2018
Raymond W. Houde Award
Sponsor: Eastern Pain Association

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

2008
Frontiers in Pain Lecture
Sponsor: McGill University

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

2007
Gunn-Loke Lecture
Sponsor: University of Washington

2005
Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award
Sponsor: American Pain Society

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Publications

Journal Articles

9/9/2021
Kleykamp BA, Dworkin RH, Turk DC, Bhagwagar Z, Cowan P, Eccleston C, Ellenberg SS, Evans SR, Gewandter JS, Goli V, Farrar JT, Freeman RL, Garrison LP, Iyengar S, Jadad AR, Jensen MP, Junor R, Katz NP, Kesslak JP, Kopecky EA, Lissin D, Markman JD, McDermott MP, Mease PJ, O'Connor AB, Patel KV, Raja SN, Rowbotham MC, Sampaio C, Singh JA, Steigerwald I, Strand V, Tive LA, Tobias J, Wasan AD, Wilson HD. "Benefit-risk assessment and reporting in clinical trials of chronic pain treatments: IMMPACT Recommendations." Pain.. 2021 Sep 9; Epub 2021 Sep 09.

6/23/2021
Li R, Dworkin RH, Chapman BP, Becerra AZ, Yang L, Mooney CJ, Seplaki CL. "Moderate to severe chronic pain in later life: risk and resilience factors for recovery." The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society.. 2021 Jun 23; Epub 2021 Jun 23.

4/28/2021
Ward DS, Absalom AR, Aitken LM, Balas MC, Brown DL, Burry L, Colantuoni E, Coursin D, Devlin JW, Dexter F, Dworkin RH, Egan TD, Elliott D, Egerod I, Flood P, Fraser GL, Girard TD, Gozal D, Hopkins RO, Kress J, Maze M, Needham DM, Pandharipande P, Riker R, Sessler DI, Shafer SL, Shehabi Y, Spies C, Sun LS, Tung A, Urman RD. "Design of Clinical Trials Evaluating Sedation in Critically Ill Adults Undergoing Mechanical Ventilation: Recommendations From Sedation Consortium on Endpoints and Procedures for Treatment, Education, and Research (SCEPTER) Recommendation III." Critical care medicine.. 2021 Apr 28; Epub 2021 Apr 28.

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