New study funding

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Dr. Laura Payne at the McLean Clinical and Translational Pain Research Lab is one of several researchers who received National Institutes of Health funding to  study potential links between coronavirus vaccinations and menstruation.

Additional coverage of this new award by The Washington Post and the Boston Globe.

This study will be focusing on adolescents ages 14-20 who have not yet received any COVID-19 vaccine (though those who are receiving a booster shot may also be able to participate).

If you are interested in participating please click here for more information and to submit your contact information. [link will go live soon – please check back!]

Current Study

Our research group at McLean Hospital is conducting a study to better understand why some girls have pain and menstrual symptoms and whether these symptoms change over time. By using different ways of assessing pain (through questionnaires, brain imaging, and pain/perception tasks), we will be able to learn new information about how these different factors contribute to pain in this age group, and how the brain and pain perception change during adolescent development.

Menstrual pain may affect up to 90% of girls and women, but menstrual pain is not very well understood among adult women, and even less is known about menstrual pain in adolescents. This research study will help us learn more about this common problem and may help us develop better treatments for pain in the future.

If you are interested in enrolling in our current study, please  CLICK HERE

For a list of our other studies please navigate to CURRENT STUDIES