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Research group

PEARL - Pain in Early Life

About this group

Group information


Mats Eriksson

Research subject

Neonatal pain-labThe neonatal pain-lab allows us to study pain alleviation to newborn infants. Photo Lars-Göran Jansson, USÖ

Newborn infants, especially sick or preterm infants, are exposed to a great amount of stress and pain, inflicting short- and long-term negative consequences. The research group studies pharmacological and supporting interventions to prevent and decrease this stress and pain and its effects. Main focuses are the role of parents in pain management, and on knowledge synthetization and transition to those who can and should use this knowledge. We are among the world-leading groups in this area and our results contribute to better pain management in many countries.

The group has a wide national and international research-collaboration and works closely with the international PEARL research group.

Research funding bodies

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Lovisas förening för barnsjukvård
  • The Small Child
  • Mölnycke Health Care AB
  • Region Värmland
  • Regional Research Council Mid Sweden
  • The Samariten foundation for paediatric research
  • Swedish Research Council