Beginning May 1, 2017 and continuing until $70,000 is raised, all donations to the PPDA (these are tax deductible in the U.S.) will support an exciting research study to be conducted by Board Members Howard Schubiner and Alan Gordon in conjunction with one of the world's leading pain researchers, Tor Wager, at the University of  Colorado in Boulder.

Update: As of May 31, $30100 has been raised with a Kickstarter campaign to be launched in June.

They will study 30 back pain patients treated with the PPD approach, and their outcomes will be compared to a group that is receiving a placebo injection.

The most exciting part is that every patient will have functional Magnetic Resonance Images (fMRI) of the brain before and after treatment.  This will objectively measure any changes in pain-related nerve circuit anatomy brought about by the treatment.

We believe the PPD treatment will improve patients' pain AND change the nerve circuits in the brain.  If the study demonstrates this, it would be the first time psychotherapy has been associated with anatomic changes in a controlled trial of patients with chronic pain.  To use a sports metaphor, this would be a game-changing result that would be highly influential at a time when clinicians are desperately seeking an alternative to opiate medication.

Unfortunately, fMRIs are expensive. In order to launch the study in a time frame that will work for the research team, the PPDA needs to raise $70,000 as soon as possible.  We are tremendously grateful for your support.

The PPDA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and donations by U.S. Citizens are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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