Be a part of innovative new research to understand the role of the brain's immune system in pain.

We will test whether people with low back pain present with activation of the immune system in the brain areas that control movement.

Participants will attend two sessions of 2-3 hours to evaluate; (i) the activation of the immune system in the brain using combined positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) scan; and (ii) the function and organisation of the back muscles in the brain using transcranial magnetic stimulation and detailed sensory assessment.

Please note: This is a collaborative study between the University of Queensland and Monash University.

Testing will take place at Monash Biomedical Imaging facility (762-772 Blackburn Rd, Clayton VIC).


- People who have suffered from lower back pain for more than 2 years
- ​Healthy people who are pain-free


Participants will be reimbursed $100 for time and travel.

Register your interest


This study has been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. #9779]