Dr. Gmuca seeks to enhance the care of children with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Her current research addresses amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome, which is a major public health issue because of its high prevalence, related socioeconomic burden, and associated risk of opioid exposure. Dr. Gmuca’s work aims to identify innovative strategies to improve long-term treatment outcomes for this patient population.
A new grant award will allow an investigator at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to study the effectiveness of certain drugs called retinoid agonists in slowing or preventing muscle degeneration in individuals with muscular dystrophy. Findings from the study could lead to new, ground-breaking treatment for those individuals.
Through clinical and translational research, the Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (CAMPS) research lab seeks to advance understanding of successful treatments for pediatric amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome, with the overall goal of improving patients' and families' lives.