Volunteer!

Participate in a brain imaging study!

We are looking for healthy individuals (ages 22-75) and people with chronic back pain to take part in a brain imaging experiment.

To be a healthy subject, you must not be experiencing chronic pain (pain that persists longer than 6 months).

To be a chronic back pain subject, you must  have a confirmed diagnosis of chronic back pain (back pain that persists longer than 6 months) from a clinican.

If you choose to take part, you will be scheduled to attend two visits at the Halifax Infirmary to participate in the study. This first visit will be approximately 3.0 hours in length and the second one will be 1.5 hours. You will be compensated for your time ($100) and you will get a picture of your brain.

During your scheduled visit we will test and observe your responses to heat. Sensations of heat pain will be tested with equipment that is used to deliver heat to skin through a small probe attached to the right leg. The temperature will not increase beyond safe limits and will not damage skin but may cause temporary discomfort associated with pain.

The purpose of this study is to investigate what factors predict treatment outcomes in people suffering with chronic pain. It is designed for identifying biological information called “biomarkers” that will be used for making diagnoses more accurate and will lead to more effective pain management strategies. This study intends to find out new information that will be used to help people suffering with chronic low back pain.

The test will be performed in Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC). The BIOTIC is located on the 3rd floor of the Halifax Infirmary building (3900-1796 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 3A7).

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact netphyslab@nshealth.ca