UPMC Presbyterian Hospital is an enrollment site led by Dr. Laura De Castro for the trial of rivipansel during vaso-occlusive pain crisis. [NCT02187003]
Some patients are also eligible to receive rivipansel for repeated episodes of pain over time. [NCT02433158]
Dr. Charles Jonassaint is leading a study of a new tablet-based Painimation technology for describing and rating pain using video images.
Read the Expressive Painmation brochure.
Read more about technology in SCD research.
Pitt researchers have found a gene that appears to affect pain thresholds in patients with SCD.
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