Pain network and people

The Sheffield Pain Network brings together basic scientists, clinicians, patients and industrial partners to improve the lives of people living with pain.


To improve the understanding and treatment of pain, an extensive multidisciplinary approach involving all stakeholders is required; including basic scientists, clinicians, patients and industrial partners with wide-ranging fields of expertise.

The Sheffield Pain Network is a multidisciplinary research community of individuals and groups who have established international reputations in pain research. Our members consist of Sheffield based researchers spanning a very broad range of disciplines from basic through to clinical research, as well as members from various patient and carer support groups. The main cohort of our members are from The University of Sheffield with additional members from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, medical practices and local charities.

The aim of the Sheffield Pain Network is to build on our existing strengths in the field of pain to develop an internationally excellent, multidisciplinary research centre in Sheffield that will enhance the understanding of chronic pain and improve its treatment.

University of Sheffield researchers

Network Director

Academic members

Sheffield Pain Network partners

  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
  • Northern General Hospital
  • Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Academic partners

  • Aalborg University
  • Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • Imperial College London 
  • King's College London
  • FMRIB Oxford University
  • University College London
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • Xiangya Hospital of Central South University
  • NHSA

Industrial partners

  • Astra-Zeneca
  • Eli Lilly
  • Pfizer Neusentis


  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Diabetes UK
  • Eli Lilly
  • European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes
  • Medical Research Council
  • NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment
  • Royal Society 
  • UKRI 
  • Versus Arthritis
  • Wellcome Trust 

Partner with us

Please get in touch if you have a research idea or would like to collaborate with us.

Professor Fiona Boissonade, Network Director

Partner with us

We're proud to work with local and global organisations to further enhance our translational research.