UNC Institute for Trauma Recovery in the News



Dr. Samuel McLean is interviewed regarding trauma and chronic pain.


The Scientist Magazine-“Blocking a Stress-Related Gene Relieves Chronic Pain”,

Dr. Samuel McLean is interviewed regarding a previous publication by the research group.


EurekAlert!-"Gene variants involved in stress responses affect 'post-concussive' symptoms”.

Variations in a gene that affect the body's responses to stress influence the risk of developing post-concussive symptoms (PCS) after car crashes.

Becker’s Hospital Review-highlighted of our research in “100 Great Hospitals in America 2015”.


Reuters Health-“Stress might influence development of chronic pain”.

BodyinMind.org-“No man is an island”.

Living in a disadvantaged neighborhood influences chronic pain development after motor vehicle collision.

Medpage Today-“Treat Car Crash Pain Early On, Lest It Linger”.

Medpage Today-“BMI Predicts Neck Pain After Car Crash”.

The risk of neck pain 6 months after a car crash is increased if the injured person is obese. At 1 year, the risk for neck pain among morbidly obese patients was still 1.4-fold greater than for people with normal weight (RR 1.4, 95% CI 1.1-1.9).

US News & World Report - Most Crash Victims Don't Plan to Sue: Study

Dr. Samuel McLean discusses findings that indicate only 17 percent of drivers with pain in the neck or other body region contact a lawyer within the first 6 weeks following a motor vehicle collision. The study is published in the January 17th edition of PAIN.

Practical Pain Management - Does Emotional Recovery After Accidents Influence Chronic Pain?


Dr. Samuel McLean and first author Jackie Nichols discuss research results linking emotional and psychological state with recovery time after a motor vehicle accident. This study was presented by Nichols at the American Pain Society 2014 Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 30-May 3, 2014.


Medpage Today - BMI Predicts Neck Pain After Car Crash


Ana Bermudez discusses findings in relation to BMI and neck pain for overweight individuals 6 weeks to 1 year after a motor vehicle accident. Referenced from "Obesity increases the risk of persistent moderate or severe neck pain 6 months after motor vehicle collision" APS 2014; Abstract 235.

Medpage Today - Treat Car Crash Pain Early On, Lest It Linger

June Hu discusses research pertaining to widespread pain being treated early on as opposed to waiting for pain to resolve itself. Originally referenced from "Most widespread pain present 1 year after motor vehicle collision (MVC) begins in the early aftermath of the MVC: Results of a multicenter prospective cohort study" which Hu presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society 2014 in Tampa, FL.

UNC School of Medicine Newsroom - UNC Researchers Selected for Highly Competitive Grant in Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills helped obtain funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine for The Center for Aging and Health/ Division of Geriatric Medicine. Platts-Mills will help lead the selected project which will develop and test a brief patient-oriented educational video to improve outcomes for older adults with musculoskeletal pain.  


NPR "The State of Things" Interview

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Dr. Samuel McLean discusses new discoveries in chronic pain on the NPR radio show "The State of Things".  Joining Dr. McLean is Mrs. Hortense Jacobs, a patient in the UNC Department of Anesthesiology Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic.

Newswise - Persistent Pain After Stressful Events May Have a Neurobiological Basis

Dr. Samuel McLean discusses findings that indicate that mechanisms influencing chronic pain development may be related to the stress response, rather than any specific injury caused by the traumatic event

Medscape - Persistent Pain After Sexual Assault Often Untreated

Dr. Samuel McLean discusses the lack of medical treatment for pain after sexual assault. Results are from a pilot study of sexual assault survivors.


UNC Newsroom - Acute severe pain is common in sexual assault survivors in the early post-assault period, but rarely treated

Dr. Samuel McLean discusses his "first of its kind" study on pain after sexual assault. Research results show that out of women who report severe pain at the initial evaluation, only 13 percent received pain medication.

Medical News Today - Severe Pain Not Treated in Victims of Sexual Assault

Dr. Samuel McLean discusses that despite the fact that the majority of women presenting to emergency departments for care after sexual assault experience severe pain, very few receive pain treatment.

Health Magazine - Pain Level After Car Crash Could Depend on Your Genes, Studies Say

Dr. Samuel McLean discusses early new research that suggests the amount and severity of pain that you experience after an automobile accident may depend on your genes. Research is from two studies based on data collected from 948 adult car accident victims.


NY Times - Disparities: In the E.R., the Elderly Get Less Pain Relief

Dr. Platts-Mills, a faculty member in the TRYUMPH Research Program and Emergency Medicine physician at UNC, describes evidence that elderly individuals are significantly less likely to receive pain medication in a 7-year nationwide study of emergency room patient data.

Vital Signs - UNC Investigators receive 3.5 million dollar NIH grant to perform first ever prospective study of chronic pain development in African Americans

A multidisciplinary team of UNC investigators has received a 5-year grant to examine genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors contributing to chronic pain development in 1000 African Americans who present to the emergency department for care after motor vehicle collision.

Anesthesiology News - Opioid Gene Variants Linked to Cancer Survival in Women

Dr. Andrey Bortsov explains an association found between the opioid receptor gene polymorphism A118G and breast cancer survival in a population-based study of 2039 women.

USA Today - One in 20 patients will contract a serious hospital infection

Dr. Tina Willis shows how a simple, inexpensive infection control adopted in U.S. hospitals may reduce thousands of preventable deaths and save billions of dollars.

Simple, inexpensive infection control adopted in U.S. hospitals may reduce thousands of preventable deaths and save billions of dollars