Our Mission to Help Those with Fibromyalgia Centers Around Research

The National Fibromyalgia Association has always been interested in helping pursue research to find answers about, and treatment for fibromyalgia. We have been assisting and facilitating research and participating when possible since our inception. One of the ways we have helped is through focus groups and patient and physician surveys, and market studies. It is through research facilitation that we work every year to reach our mission.

Current Research Studies

We have partnered with a number of studies across the United States to actively support medical research. Below are the active research studies for 2016. The results of these studies will be shared here when they are published. Click the links below to learn more about each study or to become involved.


Stanford University System’s Neuroscience and Pain Lab seeks to understand why pain is felt in patients with fibromyalgia. They will take pictures of the brain and spine using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in individuals with fibromyalgia. This study is currently enrolling new members with fibromyalgia and those with non-fibromyalgia chronic pain. If you are interested in participating, please join the study by clicking this link.


The University of Texas at Austin is enrolling new participants in a research study entitled “Social Support in the Context of Rheumatic Disorders.” This study aims to look at the support between romantic partners in which one member of the dyad has been diagnosed with a rheumatic disorder (i.e., fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.). Specifically, the researchers are interested in examining how this support impacts both the patient’s and partner’s relational, health, and psychological outcomes. Your participation in the study will contribute to a better understanding of supportive communication practices surrounding chronic and invisible illnesses. If you are interested in learning more about, or joining this study, please click this link.


Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Teaching Affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is conducting a research study to help people manage their fibromyalgia symptoms by implementing daily yoga based exercise. This study follows a number of small studies showing decreased pain and other symptoms in FM with yoga. This study seeks to learn how daily yoga exerts its effect physiologically, and how the different symptoms in fibromyalgia are related to each other. Those interested in participating in this study should be local to Brigham Women’s Hospital as participants will be enrolled in a non-pharmalogical 7-week program. Those interested can call for a phone screening at 617-732-9014 or email at asanaStudy@partners.Org

Research Results

The National Fibromyalgia Association is dedicated to sharing research results with our community.