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The Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) was established, with support from the Scottish Government, in 2009 to develop expertise in pain research for patient benefit.

A strong network of pain researchers, clinicians, third sector organisations, patient groups and other key stakeholders across Scotland support internationally competitive pain research. This covers the full scientific range, from laboratory to the community, and encompasses important clinical areas such as addiction, cancer, primary care, neuropathic pain and mental health. It ensures both clinical practice in managing chronic pain is informed by current research and that current research in chronic pain is relevant to clinical practice.

SPaRC has recently transitioned into NRS Pain and brings together around 200 researchers in multiple disciplines and areas together, to promote collaboration and to share and disseminate research activity and findings and helps:

  • develop a formal network of Principal Investigators/ active researchers across Scotland to provide an effective route for increasing multicentre studies, working with NHS Research Scotland, which will include assessment of novel interventions for chronic pain
  • strengthen research links within Scotland to foster academic collaboration and to address research gaps
  • deliver Annual Scientific Meetings (ASMs) to share the latest Scottish pain research and network

NRS Pain / Scottish Pain Research - Working Together post-COVID

The NRS Pain/SPaRC ASM will now take place Friday 4 December 2020, as a virtual conference

For those who submitted abstracts for the March 2020 event - an email will be distributed inviting you to take part and present your abstract in the online conference. Please contact for more details. 

Further information and updates on this upcoming event will follow shortly. Find out more


  • The University of Edinburgh's MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain programme is seeking healthcare professionals to contribute to guest teaching over the forthcoming academic year (September 2020 to June 2021). We are particularly keen to hear from those with an interest in Cancer Pain. Input can be as little as 10 hours to a maximum of 40 hours total. Previous experience in the delivery of digital education is not necessary; however, enthusiasm to learn and teach others is. For further details please contact the programme director, Dr Sarah Henderson

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