The National Institutes of Health has recently announced a new and innovative funding announcement aimed at understanding the relationship between chronic pain syndromes. They will be focusing on Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome, chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain Research Network (MAPP) will be funded with $7.5 million per year for five years.
The MAPP Research Network will conduct multidisciplinary, collaborative, multi-site, basic, translational, and clinical research in this relatively uncharted area.
This project is very important for people with IC Disease as well as those with related conditions. The Interstitial Cystitis Association spearheaded this initiative by working with Congress for many years and directly with the NIH to advocate for a government research program that would fund a multi-year, full-scale project in this untapped multidisciplinary area.