The Facial Pain Research Foundation is trying to give people just that. They believe there will be a cure by at least 2020.
Michael Pasternak PhD, one of the Foundation's founding trustees, has answered a few questions for us.
We hope that his answers can possibly give hope to people living with facial pain and their families.
1. End Trigeminal Neuralgia is global....and we know that everyone worldwide needs hope of a cure for TN. Can you tell us a little bit about the Foundation - are you just based in the USA, or are there people working in other countries too?
Yes! The Foundation’s Scientists are at work in laboratories as I answer your question. They tell us this 2020 goal is real and achievable. Before we established this Foundation, no one had ever asked these eminent neuroscientists to apply their skills and understandings to finding cures for TN and related neuropathic pain disorders. In March, 2013 we brought all of the Foundation’s scientists together for the first time in Naples, Florida to discuss their research and their progress. We continually receive reports on their work. We will continue to seek additional scientists to assist us in our efforts and our goal to achieve a cure within 10 years remains strong!
3. We understand that you are working on 4 projects, can you give us a brief idea what each one is?
- San Francisco study
- Florida studies :
- International Research Project: Unlocking DNA to Find a Cure
The Facial Pain Research Foundation’s first international research project to find a cure is underway and it seeks to discover the answers to “Why Me?” and lead scientists to developing a cure. of London England, the Foundation’s International Research Coordinator, asked Dr. Marshall Devor in March 2012 to prepare a research project proposal to seek a cure for TN and present it to the Foundation. The three Principal Investigators of the project are Dr. Marshall Devor, Dr. Kim Burchiel and Dr. Ze’ve Seltzer.
The Foundation has a monthly mini-newsletter to keep people up to date. If people wish to be added to the distribution list, please contact Pam at Pam@facingfacialpain.org or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank Michael for taking the time to answer our questions and we wish the Foundation luck with their hopes of bringing a better future to people living with facial pain.
We welcome any comments or questions. Please write in the comment box below, or contact us at our awareness page End Trigeminal Neuralgia