Georgetown University Medical Center

Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center


Welcome to the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center

At the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center we are dedicated to improving the lives of our patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Gulf War Illness (GWI), and other idiopathic pain conditions. The laboratory is funded by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Sergeant Sullivan Foundation, and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program/Department of Defense (CDMRP/DOD).

Our research findings are driven by the use of innovative and cutting edge techniques such as:

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Biomarker discovery through Proteomic, Metabolomic, and Transcriptomic assays in blood and cereobrospinal fluid.  
  • Autonomic testing and  Heart Rate Variability
  • Statistical analyses using machine learning, hierarchical clustering, and other data mining methods.

Our mission is to understand the underlying mechanisms of chronic pain and fatigue that will lead to biomarkers of immense diagnostic and treatment potential.  Clinical research studies are conducted at the Georgetown-Howard Center for Clinical Translational Science (GHUCCTS) Clinical Research Unit (CRU) located within Georgetown University hospital.

Contact Information:
Dr. James Baraniuk, Director
Phone: 202-687-8231
Fax: 202-687-9886

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