Millennium Pain Center Leaders in Pain Control, Research, Education and Advocacy.


    Research   at   Millennium   Pain   Center


    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.


    For Current studies being conducted click HERE.

    Clinical Research

    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
    • 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 …Read More

    • Courtney Kelley, B.S.
    • Courtney Kelley, B.S.

      Courtney Kelley received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois State University in 2009 where she took advantage of opportunities to conduct undergraduate research and found her passion for science. Prior to her current role, Courtney worked in industrial lab in Decatur, IL. She has been a part of the basic science research team at Millennium Pain Center since 2012, investigating the mechanisms behind chronic neuropathic pain and therapy. Courtney’s emphasis inside the lab …Read More

    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.