The aim of this programme is to deliver a consortium-based platform of national scale that will break through the complexity of pain and reveal new treatment approaches to address a wide spectrum of chronic and debilitating clinical conditions.
The Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP) aims to deliver a consortium-based platform of national scale, generating discovery and early translational science that will break through the complexity of pain and reveal new treatment approaches to address a wide spectrum of chronic and debilitating clinical conditions.
The APDP will provide new knowledge about the significant variation and unpredictability that exists in the lived experience of pain. It will uncover shared mechanisms, breaking down inconsistencies in diagnosis and treatment, providing new pain biomarkers and identifying and validating new therapeutic interventions.
The initiative is funded through the government’s Strategic Priorities Fund and is being delivered through four interlinked activities:
Multidisciplinary consortia will be established that will link together researchers across the breadth of biomedical, social, informatics and data sciences. This will build the foundation for a national programme supporting discovery and translational science.
This programme will drive the development of new treatments by bringing together leadership, tools and resources to help unravel the complexity of pain.
Online open data platform
An online open access data platform will be established to provide a key resource for the national and international pain communities.
Mapping pain complexity and uncovering the molecular and cellular basis of pain
We will expand the capabilities established through the consortia by supporting additional research programmes aimed at generating critical new knowledge in mapping the complexity of pain.
Bioinformatics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
Bioinformatics, AI and machine learning will be used to create a comprehensive cellular, systems and network library for chronic pain.