Chronic pain represents the most prevalent and expensive public health condition in the United States, affecting 100 million people in the United States with annual costs to society estimated at $635 billion dollars. This exceeds the combined costs of cancer, AIDS and heart disease. Importantly, while chronic pain affects individuals of all ages, races, and genders, it disproportionately impacts members of some population groups.
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This project examines the different factors as they relate to the aging brain, including pain sensitivity, walking ability, and thinking and memory.
Do you have knee pain more days than not? This project examines the effects of Oxytocin on chronic pain in older adults with knee osteoarthritis.
The Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence has three main research dimensions including basic research, human clinical research and translational research from animal to human models.
As a clinical neuroscientist, my research interests are related to understanding age-related pain perception and modulation in humans. Using multiple interdisciplinary and translational approaches, my research examines nervous system factors contributing to the observed inter-individual differences in pain phenotypes and its functional consequences including cognitive and mobility impairments.
Laboratory news & Media
Dr. Cruz-Almeida is the featured guest on the second episode of the Price of Pain…
Please join Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida for the PRICE Journal Club as she discusses the journal article by Boehnke et al. on CBD as a substitute for…
New article on pain severity and interference in different Parkinson’s Disease cognitive phenotypes.
Research by Dr. Cruz-Almeida and the PAIN laboratory has been featured throughout the country.
Work in our lab is generously supported by the University of Florida, the National Institutes of Health, and the McKnight Research Foundation.