Recent News

Health outcomes among adults initiating medical cannabis for chronic pain: A 3-month prospective study incorporating ecological momentary assessment

July 20, 2021: Congratulations to Dr. Wang and her co-author team: Jean-Jacques, Li, Sibille, and Cook on the acceptance of their manuscript in Cannabis.


UF Health selected as study site for knee pain trial through EPPIC-Net

May 21, 2021: Dr. Rene Przkora, MD, PhD and colleagues from the University of Florida were selected as one of 20 sites across the nation to participate in an ongoing HEAL initiative study to identify nonopioid pain treatments. Read the full article here: https://anest.ufl.edu/2021/05/19/uf-health-selected-as-study-site-for-knee-pain-trial-through-eppic-net/


Optimizing Chronic Pain Treatment with Enhanced Neuroplastic Responsiveness: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

May 5, 2021: Congratulations to Steven Pratscher, PhD, Angela Mickle, MS, CCRP and the OPTIMIZE team for the recent publication in Nutrients. Click here to read the full article.


Relationships Between Chronic Pain Stage, Cognition, Temporal Lobe Cortex, and Sociodemographic Variables

April 27, 2021: Congratulations to the UPLOAD2 team and first author Dr. Jared Tanner on their article published in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The article was recently highlighted by the University of Florida Health news. Click here to read the news release or here for the full article. 


Knee Pain Trajectories over 18 Months in non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White Adults with or at Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis

April 16, 2021: Congratulations to Drs. Alisa Johnson and Terrie Vasilopoulos, their article was accepted for publication in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. Click here to read the full article.


Protective Resilience Index for Successful Aging in Musculoskeletal Pain (PRISM)

April, 13, 2021: Congratulations to the PRISM team: Emily Bartley PhD, Amber Brooks MD, Cynthia Garvan PhD, Angela Mickle MS, and Kimberly Sibille PhD, MA on their recent award from the Research Centers Collaborative Network: Inter-NIA Center Pilot Proposals on Life Course Perspectives on Aging and Resilience and Reserve in Aging. This multi-disciplinary research team representing NIA Centers at the University of Florida and Wake Forest was recently funded for their study Protective Resilience Index for Successful Aging in Musculoskeletal Pain (PRISM). The study will refine and confirm the components of a clinically applicable resilience index with consideration for sociodemographic group differences. The goal of this line of investigation is to facilitate the development of a tool that will assist healthcare providers in communicating findings and promoting adherence to clinical interventions, help illuminate novel and effective treatment targets, reduce pain-related disparities, and enhance health and functioning among aging populations.


Assessing the feasibility of using the short physical performance battery to measure function in the immediate postoperative period after total knee replacement

Knee arthritis

April 7, 2021: Dr. Rene Przkora and colleagues completed a study published in the European Journal of  Translational Myology assessing the feasibility of incorporating the Short Physical Performance Battery in a clinical setting pre and post surgically to measure physical function in individuals undergoing total knee arthroplasty. Click here to read the full article.