Pilot Study Program

The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life’s (TRIPLL) mission is to support investigators and translational research in the areas of pain in later life. The overarching goal of our pilot study program, directed by Dr. Elaine Wethington, is to encourage researchers to translate basic science research on pain into practice, and thereby expand scientific knowledge and provide practitioners with data that are useful to understanding and eventually alleviating pain experienced by older persons.


Additional Program Goals:

1) Mentor pilot grantees in conducting translational research, with a special emphasis on the necessary knowledge and experience needed to turn funded pilot research into externally funded projects (e.g. NIH or equivalent). Pilot grantees receive support and consultation on methodological issues and program evaluation and access to community agencies.

2) Supervise a program of investigator development in the methods of translational research.

3) Promote researcher interest in conducting collaborative research with community agencies as a means of translating basic research into applied settings.

4) Further develop the capacity for supporting translational research on pain and pain management across the collaborating sites.


Examples of past successfully funded projects:

A qualitative study that examined age differences in the joint influence of emotional context and temporal discounting on pain management decisions; secondary data analyses of the role of resilience and positive emotions for managing pain; a quantitative data analysis that examined pain and opioid use among US patients receiving hospice care; a study that tested the feasibility of implementing a cognitive-behavioral pain program into a senior living community; and, a randomized controlled trial of older adults with chronic pain to examine the effect of nature exposure on: long-term nature engagement behavior and pain intensity levels.    

Click here to learn about current and past projects.