What is RELIEF?

RELIEF is a freely available news web site that translates the latest pain research into clear and accessible language and ideas for patients and the general public.

For more information, see About.

Who is this site for?

Anyone touched by or interested in the problem of chronic pain. It is intended for those with little or no scientific background in pain research.

Why did we create this site?

There is a large amount of pain research taking place in labs throughout the world. But few mechanisms exist to translate the latest research findings into clear, jargon-free language for a general audience. We want patients and others interested in the issue of chronic pain to be well informed about the latest research. Our goal is to provide readers with the information and knowledge they need so that they can talk to journalists, policymakers, healthcare providers and others in order to help raise awareness of chronic pain and rally support for much-needed pain research.

What types of content does RELIEF provide?

We publish summaries of the latest research findings, feature articles, and interviews with pain researchers, advocates, and patients. We also host podcasts and webinars.

Who creates the content?

All content on RELIEF is created by professional staff and freelance writers and editors with advanced degrees in neuroscience or related scientific fields, and in science journalism as well.

Who is behind RELIEF?

RELIEF is the companion web site of the IASP Pain Research Forum (PRF). PRF is a freely available, interactive web site for pain researchers seeking to better understand the neurobiology and causes of chronic pain and develop new treatments. Both RELIEF and PRF were originally launched as programs of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center at Harvard Medical School and are now publications of the non-profit International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Who funds RELIEF?

RELIEF was created thanks to the generous support of the Rita Allen Foundation, which provided grants for the development, launch and continued growth of RELIEF, and is now supported by IASP. Previous funders included Pfizer and Purdue Pharma, which provided additional unrestricted educational grant support after RELIEF was launched.

Do sponsors have any influence over site content?

No. All content on RELIEF is editorially independent, with all editorial decisions made solely by the RELIEF editors, independent of any of our sponsors.