Chronic pain is present across the lifespan. But while up to a quarter of children are affected by chronic pain, most of what we know about the condition comes from studies in adults. A new study led by University of Michigan researchers seeks to better understand when and how widespread pain in children develops.

Researchers have been awarded a five-year, nearly $2.7 million National Institutes of Health R01 grant to conduct the study. Chelsea Kaplan, Ph.D., a research investigator in the Department of Anesthesiology’s Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, and Adriene Beltz, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, are co-principal investigators.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Nursing Research, will use data from the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, a longitudinal study of 12,000 children that spans puberty and will provide an unparalleled opportunity to explore childhood pain.

Read the full article at Michigan Medicine.