Audun Stubhaug<br>Group leader
Audun Stubhaug
Group leader

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Pain Research Group

The Pain Research Group consists of several sub-groups working in different fields of pain research.

About the group

We try to combine studies in pain epidemiology, experimental pain and clinical pain research. Topics of special interest are the individual difference in pain sensitivity, pain pharmacology and mechanisms in general, mechanisms of neuropathic pain, and mechanisms involved the transition from acute to chronic pain.

These topics are studied in a variety of models, from large community-based studies  to smaller studies in the perioperative period and in  experimental human models. 


  • Folkehelseinstituttet, Christopher S. Nielsen and Olöf–Anna Steingrimsdottir
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Professor R.B. Fillingim and Kim T. Sibille
  • Vanderbilt University, Tennesse, Professor Stephen Bruehl.
  • Lovisenberg sykehus, Nina Solheim, Thorleif Lorentsen
  • Karolinska Institutet, Camilla Svensson
  • NTNU, Professor Petter C Borchgrevink
  • Universitetet i Nord-Norge, Institutt for samfunnsmedisin
  • Universitetssykehuset i Nord-Norge
Published Feb. 26, 2014 10:44 AM - Last modified May 23, 2016 1:40 PM


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The research group has a wide range of projects within its area of expertise.

  • Pain epidemiology. A number of pain projects in collaboration with The Tromsø Study ( with special focus on pain, hypertension, and cardivascular risk, chronic postsurgical pain, irritabel bowel syndrome and pain, use of analgesics. Currently 5 PhD-students take part.
  • Pain and inflammation. Acute post-surgical pain, inflammation and bio-markers. Effect of drug treatment on pain and bio-markers is studied with the use of microdialysis. 2 PhD-projects.
  • Do central sensitization and cognitive-emotional factors alter pain sensitivity in remote areas in peripheral neuropathic pain states?  Our aim is to study factors that lead to spread of hypersensitivity in neuropatic pain states, i.e., factors relating to ascending sensory transmission but also cognitive-emotional factors.
  • Pain management in intensive care, and pain following intensive care treatment. 1 postdoc + 2 PhD-projects.
  • Opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Studies of the phenomenon and effect of pharmacological interventions.
  • Combination of opioids and pregabalin. Analgesic effect and side-effects (ventilation, cognitive effects).
Published Feb. 26, 2014 10:47 AM - Last modified Feb. 26, 2014 10:47 AM