Currently all donations to the PPDA (these are tax deductible in the U.S.) are supporting 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 and brain imagery scientists, Tor Wager, at the University of  Colorado in Boulder.  Donations will also support an accompanying short documentary film plus publicity.

In the study, 30 back pain patients will be treated with the PPD approach, and their brain images will be compared to a group that is receiving a placebo injection in a randomized, controlled trial.

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 study of patients with chronic pain.  This would be highly influential at a time when clinicians are desperately seeking an alternative to opiate medication.

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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