University of Maryland Baltimore

Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research: ongoing studies

University of Maryland School of Dentistry OPPERA TMD Study

Please call 1-877-810-9530 x503

Study on Genetics and Facial, Jaw & Headache Pain

Please call 410-706-5975

You may qualify if:

  • You are 18-65 years of age

  • You are healthy OR have recently had headaches or pain in your face or jaw

  • You speak and understand English

Time commitment:

  • Requires one screening visit to ensure eligibility (~ 2 hours)

  • Requires one experimental study session (~ 4 hours)

  • May require a second experimental study session (~ 4 hours)

Compensation and parking vouchers will be provided

Contact Dr. Colloca's Lab, UMB School of Nursing, at or 410-706-5975

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Sleep & TMD Study

Please call 410-550-8099

  • You may be eligible if you:

    • Are female

    • Are between 18 and 60 years of age

    • Have jaw muscle pain for 3 months or more

    • Have trouble sleeping

  • Participation involves:

    • An evaluation for TMJD

    • Completing interviews and questionnaires

    • Completing sensory testing procedures

    • An at-home sleep study

    • Pain management techniques for TMJD-related difficulties

Duration: 20 weeks
Earn $25 for initial study screening and up to $625.00 if you complete the remainder of the study and reimbursement for parking.
You will receive diagnostic testing, provided at no charge.

University of Maryland School of Dentistry Burning Mouth Study

Please call 410-706-2705 or 410-706-7956

Participants meeting the following criteria may be eligible:

  • Diagnosed by dentist/physician with probable Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Subjects must be women between the ages of 40-75

  • Post-menopausal by history

  • Able to attend non-invasive testing of approximately 12 total hours over 2 days

  • Reimbursement for time and travel up to $250.00 upon completion

Centennial Medical Group - Insomnia Research

Centennial Research Center has been conducting Clincal trials since 2005, and has successfully completed studies in a variety of internal medicine and family practice indications, as well as vaccine studies involving healthy volunteers.

  • Do you have difficulty getting to sleep and/or difficulty staying asleep at least 3 nights a week?

  • If so, you may be a candidate for an investigational insomnia drug study being conducted at Centennial Medical Group.

  • If you would like more information, please call Heather Dye, CRC at 443-698-8606

Do You Suffer From Migraine Headaches?

 Please call 410-550-7000

Researchers at University of Maryland Dental School and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are looking for volunteers with migraine headaches to participate in a research study examining the effects of two different non-medication interventions for reducing headaches. The interventions focus on learning different stress management techniques and one group will learn meditation.

David A. Seminowicz Ph.D., Principal Investigator
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Jennifer Haythornthwaite Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • You may be eligible if you:

    • Are between 18 and 65 years of age

    • Have 4 or more migraines per month

    • Have a history of migraines lasting at least 1 year

    • Are not currently using opioid (“narcotic”) pain medication

  • Participation involves

    • An evaluation for migraine

    • Interviews and questionnaires

    • Sensory testing procedures

    • One or more MRI’s of your brain

    • Completing at-home daily migraine diaries

    • A 12 session program for stress management

    • All examinations, parking, & tests are provided at no cost to you

  • Earn $25 for initial study screening and up to $900.00 for those who are eligible and complete all aspects of the study

  • For information please call 410-550-7000 and ask about the Migraine Study

Do you experience migraines?

Please call 410-455-1202 or e-mail

If so and you are age 18 to 65 with no history of chronic pain other than migraine you may be eligible to participate in a brain imaging study.

This study involves about 3 hours of participation during one visit to the UM Center for Brain Imaging Research in Catonsville, MD ( and 28 days of tracking your migraines using a headache diary.

Participants will fill out questionnaires; undergo sensory tests involving warmth and painful heat; and have an MRI scan.  All records and results will be kept confidential.  Participants will be compensated for their time and will receive a photocopy of your brain MRI.
Investigators: Dr. David Seminowicz and Dr. Raimi Quiton
Interested individuals please call 410-455-1202 or e-mail