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Robert H. Dworkin, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-8214

Fax: (585) 244-7271

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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [www.acttion.org]
2. Scientific Advisory Board, SmartTots, a public-private partnership between the FDA and the International Anesthesia Research Society
3. Special Government Employee, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA
4. Professional Advisory Board, American Chronic Pain Association
5. Selection Committee, David Sackett Trial of the Year, Society for Clinical Trials
6. 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 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. 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

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

7/18/2019
Gewandter JS, Gibbons CH, Campagnolo M, Lee J, Chaudari J, Ward N, Burke L, Cavaletti G, Herrmann DN, McArthur JC, Russell JW, Smith AG, Smith SM, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Freeman R. "Clinician-rated measures for distal symmetrical axonal polyneuropathy: ACTTION systematic review." Neurology.. 2019 Jul 18; Epub 2019 Jul 18.

2/20/2019
Comer SD, Dworkin RH, Strain EC. "Medical Devices to Prevent Opioid Use Disorder: Innovative Approaches to Addressing the Opioid Crisis." JAMA psychiatry.. 2019 Feb 20; Epub 2019 Feb 20.

1/28/2019
Gewandter JS, McDermott MP, Mbowe O, Edwards RR, Katz NP, Turk DC, Dworkin RH. "Navigating trials of personalized pain treatments: we're going to need a bigger boat." Pain.. 2019 Jan 28; Epub 2019 Jan 28.

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