Research in the Department of Symptom Research focuses on educational, behavioral and medical interventions for pain, fatigue and cognitive impairment. Laboratory and neuroimaging studies are exploring the neurophysiological mechanisms of both pain and fatigue. The department integrates laboratory research to develop animal models of pain, fatigue and cognitive impairment with descriptive research and interventional trials in patients.
After several years of developing new approaches to the management of treatment-related symptoms, the Department of Symptom Research has obtained funding for a sustained major research initiative in this area. The overall goal of this research program is to reduce the symptom burden of cancer therapy, increase treatment tolerability and reduce symptomatic late effects for cancer survivors.
Current Clinical Studies
Symptom Research hosts national colloquium on developing strategies for reducing cancer treatment-related toxicities and symptoms. Read more...
Announcing the publication of Cancer Symptom Science, an interdisciplinary, first-of-its-kind compilation of research on the mechanisms underlying the expression of cancer-related symptoms. Read more...
Old Drugs, New Possibilities (Conquest, Fall 2008)
Symptom Research Awarded NIH P01 Grant (Division of Internal Medicine Newsletter, Summer 2008)
Symptom Research and Psychometrics (Network, Summer 2008)