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  • Research

    Millennium Pain Center is a State-of-the-Art Center of Excellence. Our mission is early phase involvement in the development of clinical and basic research medications and treatment modalities. We are dedicated to providing our patients with a superior standard of care. We have an experienced research staff who follow Good Clinical Practices to ensure the subject’s safety and well being are always our first priority.

     

    Drs. Benyamin and Vallejo has authored more than 110 manuscripts published in peer reviewed indexed medical journals. Additionally they authored more than 12 book chapters. They serve on the editorial board of multiple national and international peer reviewed journals such as: Pain Physician, Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Opioid Management, and Pain Practice, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management. 

     

    Drs. Benyamin and Vallejo are the primary investigator and sub investigator of more than 100 clinical trials done at Millennium pain Center.

     

     

    Clinical Research:


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Katie Mahnke, Clinical Research Coordinator

    1015 S. Mercer Ave

    Bloomington, IL 61704

    (309) 662-4321

     

     

     

     

    Echo Cundiff, Clinical Research Coordinator

    1015 S. Mercer Ave

    Bloomington, IL 61704

    (309) 662-4321

     

     

     

     

    Stephanie Wolfe, Clinical Research Coordinator

    1015 S. Mercer Ave

    Bloomington, IL 61704

    (309) 662-4321 

     

     

     

     

    For Current studies being conducted click HERE

     

     

     

    Pre-Clinical Research:

     

    Millennium Pain Center supports a pre-clinical research laboratory located on the campus of Illinois State University, Normal, IL. The research primarily focuses on determining the mechanism by which these pain therapies reduce or eliminate pain sensation. Currently research is being actively pursued in the areas of electrical spinal neuromodulation and pain treatment alternatives using pulsed-radiofrequency.

     

     

    DAVID L. CEDEÑO, Ph.D. 

     

    Dr. David L. Cedeño is the Director of Basic Research at the Millennium Pain Center (Bloomington, IL) and an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University (Normal, IL). He got his Diploma in Chemistry (B.S. equivalent) at Universidad del Valle and worked as a research and development chemist at Colgate-Palmolive and Lloreda Soaps and Glycerine in Cali, Colombia. He earned his doctorate from Baylor University in 1999 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University from 1999 to 2001. He moved to Illinois State University in2001 as an assistant professor and earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2007. He has been associated with the Millennium Pain Center since 2012. Dr. Cedeño has authored/coauthored 33 peer-reviewed publications, two patent applications and 57 research and education presentations. Dr. Cedeño’s academic efforts at Illinois State University have been recognized with a Research Initiative Award, the John Dorsey Award for Outstanding Teacher, and the College of Arts and Sciences Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Service. His research interests include the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic agents for chronic pain, the development of photodynamic treatment drugs for cutaneous leishmaniasis, and the development of choline inhibitors for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.

     

     

    Cynthia Cass, Ph.D.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COURTNEY KELLEY, B.S. 

     

    Courtney Kelley, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, graduated from Illinois State University in 2009 with a B.S. degree in biological science. There she was able to dive into her studies while developing and executing two undergraduate research projects. Courtney has more than two years of professional laboratory experience in the industrial field and has been a lab technician in the basic science research lab since 2012. Her future goals include returning to school to acquire a graduate degree and becoming more involved in the tradition of research vital to the betterment of patients’ lives that makes Millennium Pain Center a leader in the pain management field.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Basic Science Research:

     

    The Basic Science research program is in collaboration with local universities such as: Illinois State University, Illinois Weslyan, University of Illinois at Chicago with the main goal of seeking new and novel treatments for common painful conditions. 

     

    Our basic science research group is funded by the Millennium Pain Center, La Marató de TV3 Foundation, and Boston Scientific.