Pain and Addiction

UVA pioneered the use of focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor and parkinsonian tremor. Now, researchers are pioneering its use for treatment of chronic intractable pain and addiction. The opioid crisis, a major societal problem, has arisen in part from inadequate treatment of chronic pain and inappropriate use of opioids, leading to addiction.

In The News

Richard J. Price, PhD, of UVA’s School of Medicine and School of Engineering, is using focused soundwaves to overcome the natural “blood-brain barrier,” which protects the brain from harmful pathogens.

The bioethicist and anthropologist believes community-building tactics – like those used in Canada and Europe – can help opioid users in the U.S.


Across the University, groups work on solutions from all angles.