FM Research

Why participate in a research study?

Patient participation is needed to find answers to the many facets of fibromyalgia.
People who participate in research studies are taking a proactive approach to their healthcare and gaining access to new treatment modalities before they are available to the general public. Also, research study participants are helping others, as well as themselves, by increasing insight into this illness.

The NIH "All of Us" Program offers possibilities for FM and CFS/ME patients.

The All of Us Research Program is a historic 10-year effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine. – Explore research studies in all 50 states and 203 countries. Information on this site is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. – This site is a source for global clinical trials information for professionals and patients. It allows you to search by medical condition and geographic location.

Following are current research studies in the U.S. and other countries that are investigating various aspects of complementary and integrative interventions for fibromyalgia, including the effectiveness of these modalities for treating people with fibromyalgia. 

Complementary & Integrative Medicine Studies

Neuroimaging Approaches to Deconstructing Acupuncture for Chronic Pain
Condition: Fibromyalgia
Study Type: Laser Acupuncture (Females 18-65 years; diagnosed for at least 1 year)
Estimated Enrollment: 100
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Location:  Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, Ann Harbor, MI
Start Date: December 2014
End Date: July 2019
Status:  Recruiting
Verified: April 2018
Contact:  866-288-0046

Neurostimulation Applied to Fibromyalgia (NeuroFibro) 
Condition: Fibromyalgia (Female 25-60 years; diagnosed for 3 months or more)
Study Type: Transcranial direct current stimulation 
Device: With and without sham tDCS
Estimated Enrollment: 84 participants
Location: Universidade Federal da Paraiba, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
Start Date: May 15, 2017
Estimated End Date: May 2020
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Eliane Oliveira, Drive; Phone 55 (83) 3216-7200
Verified: April 2018

The Altered Immune Response to Exercise in Patients with Fibromyalgia
Location: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
Start Date: 2/01/2018 (Ongoing enrollment)
Estimated Enrollment: 40 participants
Estimated Completion Date: 12/22/2018
Status: Currently recruiting female patients 18 to 70 years of age
Contact: Caio Sarmento (913) 215-4586  OR  Taylor Pfeifer (785) 656-3356
Verified: January 2018

ME/CFS Genes Study
Study Type: The Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University hopes to create a one of a kind genetic database for patients with ME/CFS. 
Participation: You must have internet access, an email account and your agreement to map your genes through the use of a publicly available genetic testing websites.
Condition: ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Location: Online
Status: Currently recruiting participants.
Verified: April 2016

Do Pets Help People with Fibromyalgia?
Condition: Fibromyalgia
Requirements: Women at least 18 years of age, can read English, and diagnosed with FMS for at least two years. Need participants who own a pet or pets (except for fish) for at least one year and participants who do not own any pets.
Location: Online
Status: Now accepting participants
Start Date: 01/23/2018
End Date: 01/23/2019
Contact: Karen Fekete (816) 506-9507
Verified: December 2017

A Multi-Disciplined Community-Based Intervention for Fibromyalgia: A Pilot Trial
Study Type: Interventional (Health Services Research)
Location: University of British Columbia
Estimated Enrollment: 84 
Start Date: September 2017
End Date: June 2019 
Status: Now accepting participants
Contacts: Nelly Oelke, 250-807-9880,
                  Michelle Teo, 778-476-8046,

NOTE: Check this page frequently for new research studies.

How are participants' rights protected?

An individual taking part in a clinical research study in the United States is required to sign an informed consent form, which details the type of study, any risks involved, and what to expect during the study.

An Institutional Review Board examines the study's design to ensure the patients' rights are protected and that the study does not present undue or unnecessary risk. It informs participants that they have the right to leave the study at any time.

Disclaimer: Trials posted here are not indorsed by FCI, but as a service to the fibromyalgia community. In no event will FCI be liable for any damages arising through use of this information. We encourage you to discuss any concerns you may have with your healthcare provider and the person in charge of the study before participating. The FCI is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness and/or use made of the content displayed for any trial record.